Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sea Star Wars

clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

The weapon, mounted on a warship’s missile, shot down four unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAV) in secret testing carried out off the California coast, The
Daily Telegraph
has learnt.

In a joint enterprise between US Navy and Raytheon Missile Systems the
technology has now got to the stage where lasers will be deployed on
warships as part of their short-range defence.

For the first time a ‘solid state’ 32 mega watt laser beam of directed energy
has been fired from a warship to a distance of more than two miles burning
into a drone travelling at about 300mph.