Laser Guns and Drones Announce The New Era of Warfare
Posted: April 11, 2013 by Maja Johnson
The US Navy presented its new toy this Monday. LaWS, short for Laser Weapons System, is a new laser-based weapon that will be used to destroy surveillance drones and disable enemy boats without using any ammo. The Navy is planning to develop this laser gun into a real defense weapon that will be able to disable missiles and larger targets.
Placed on the USS Ponce, an amphibious ship that covers the Persian Gulf and a part of Africa, the laser-gun was shipped into seas for the first time. When asked why deploying a new weapon so close to Iran, the US officials simply explained that it is the "hardest environment" for them to test it.
The new laser gun will be a very cheap weapon for the military to use. It will have the destruction power of a Gatling gun whose ammo costs thousands of dollars. With the new laser, the estimated cost for shooting down a small drone is about $1 worth of electricity. Compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that USA spends on ammunition in a year, building this laser gun seems like a very logical step forward.
Early tests say that the laser's preciseness was immaculate as it did not miss any of the target practices. Videos of the laser's power have appeared on-line as it sets a drone on fire and sends it plummeting down into the ocean.
Laser guns and drones announce the new era of warfare. It might not be like Hollywood with red lights and flashy lights, but this is a significant step forward in the world of war. While I'm not pro-war, I would like to see a light saber in my life time.