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EMThe New New Internet published an article this week about the Navy preparing to launch a ship-mounted laser meant to launch infrared energy at adversaries’small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles in 2014
The Lockheed Martin weapon recently demonstrated its capabilities by disabling a drone mid-flight.
The laser is meant to target small armored boats from Iran that reportedly harass U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf and drones.
The unit costs around $32 million to produce but only costs $1 to fire.
The laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience.
The Navy said the new weapon is 100 percent in testing in terms of destroying its target.
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