WASHINGTON – Navy destroyers soon will be armed with high-power 60-kilowatt laser weapons that can track and incinerate attacking drone targets at sea. Kris Osborn of Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article
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4 Feb. 2020 -- Lasers have been operational for years, as the Navy’s Laser Weapons System (LAWs) went to sea aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce since 2014.
Yet the service has been working for many years with industry to refine, sharpen, strengthen, and power-scale new laser weapons. One of them, called High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS), soon will be arming U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyers.
HELIOS is go on the Burke-class destroyer USS Preble later this year. The Lockheed Martin-built weapon is operational now, and is to be integrated aboard destroyers later this year, following testing at Wallops Island, Va.
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