Navy arms Burke-class destroyer USS Stockdale with Optical Dazzling Interdictor Navy (ODIN) laser weapon

Aug. 4, 2021
In February 2020 the U.S. Navy installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) on the Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey.

CITY, state – According to a picture released on the Twitter account of the U.S. Navy, the USS Stockdale (DDG-106), an Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA guided missile destroyer, has been armed with a laser weapon named ODIN. Navy reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

4 Aug. 2021 -- The Navy in recent years has leveraged significant advancements in industrial solid-state lasers (SSLs) and decades of research on military lasers on U.S. Navy surface ships.

Optical Dazzler Interdictor Navy (ODIN) development provides near-term, directed energy, shipboard counter-intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C-ISR) capabilities to dazzle unmanned aircraft. ODIN can stymie enemy drones threatening surface ships. And now it’s installed aboard an active destroyer.

ODIN already is installed on three U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers and will be installed on two more this year and three more in the coming years, for a total of eight destroyer surface warships that will help test out the system during the course of their training and operations.

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