View Full Version : Navy Shows Off Powerful New Laser Weapon

04-08-2011, 10:33 PM
A futuristic laser mounted on a speeding cruiser successfully blasted a bobbing, weaving boat from the waters of the Pacific Ocean -- the first test at sea of such a gun and a fresh milestone in the Navy's quest to reoutfit the fleet with a host of laser weapons, the Navy announced Friday.

"We were able to have a destructive effect on a high-speed cruising target," chief of Naval research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr told FoxNews.com.

The test occurred Wednesday near San Nicholas Island, off the coast of Central California in the Pacific Ocean test range, from a laser gun mounted onto the deck of the Navy’s self-defense test ship, former USS Paul Foster.

In a video of the event, the small boat can be seen catching fire and ultimately bursting into flames, a conflagration caused by the navy's distant gun. Some details of the event were classified, including the exact range of the shot, but Carr could provide some information: "We're talking miles, not yards," Carr said.


04-08-2011, 11:11 PM
It's about time. Now when are we going to see droids with phasars vaporizing Tehran.

04-08-2011, 11:39 PM


04-09-2011, 04:19 AM
It's about time. Now when are we going to see droids with phasars vaporizing Tehran.
These lasers are only low power,perhaps a few thousand watts .To be effective they need to be a few hundreds of thousand watts and that requires massive power supplies and cryogenic cooling of the high power continuous wave carbon dioxide laser !