Tag Archives: Laser Weapon System

Report: 2017 NDAA to Boost Laser Weapon Procurement Budget

The Defense Department will receive a 51 percent increase in funds to procure and develop laser weapons under the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that President Obama signed into law last week, Military Times reported Wednesday. Shawn Snow writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes roughly $328 million for the development of directed-energy …

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ONR’s Matthew Klunder: Shipboard Laser Weapon Completes Operational Tests

The Office of Naval Research has concluded a three-month operational demonstration in the Persian Gulf of a shipboard laser weapon system that was integrated with the existing defense systems of the U.S. Navy‘s USS Ponce. David Smalley reports Wednesday that LaWS destroyed moving at-sea and airborne targets, including a small boat and an unmanned aerial vehicle, during …

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Navy Deploys Ship-Based Prototype Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy amphibious transport ship that patrols the Persian Gulf has been carrying a prototype laser weapon that works to counter drones, small vessels and other enemy targets since its August deployment to the region, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Tony Capaccio writes that the Laser Weapon System on USS Ponce was deployed as part of …

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