New Navy Weapon Can Hit Targets at the Speed of Light

According to CNN the US Navy's newest weapon is capable of hitting targets at the speed of light and is developing second-generation weapons to hit missiles at the speed of light

The Laser Weapons System (or “LaWS”) can easily take down drone aircraft. Unlike other laser weapons, which are suitable only for certain types of targets, LaWS can be used against both air- and land-based targets.

LaWS is “more precise than a bullet,” says Captain Christopher Wells.

The laser operates within an invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum and destroys targets by heating them to a temperature of thousands of degrees. The attack moves 50,000 times faster than the ICBM. It is silent and completely invisible.

“It really is a point and shoot,” says Lt. Cale Hughes, laser weapons system officer. “We see it, we focus on it, and we can negate that target.”

This new weapon significantly minimizes collateral damage and also reflects the military's efforts to develop more cost effective weapons.

The LaWS cost $40 million, but runs off its own generator and requires no ammunition. It costs about $1 per shot, which is extremely cost effective compared to other weapons - like the $1 million Tomahawk cruise missile. It takes three men to operate the laser.

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