"The amphibious transport dock Portland blasted the vehicle with a “Solid State Laser” prototype on May 16, the first at-sea test of the system, the Navy said in a Friday press release.
The Navy has been developing lasers and other directed-energy weapons since the 1960s.
Such weapons “are defined as electromagnetic systems capable of converting chemical or electrical energy to radiated energy and focusing it on a target, resulting in physical damage that degrades, neutralizes, defeats, or destroys an adversarial capability,” the release states.
Or in laymen’s terms: PEW PEW!" Navy Times
The big advantage in this is that the fleet will not have to expend limited ordnance on aircraft, drones, patrol boats, etc., while reserving that ammunition for major targets.
Ray guns! Yes! pl