Navy Unveils World's First Active Laser Weapon In Persian Gulf

Tyler Durden's picture

Three months ago we introduced China's "silent hunter" experimental laser gun, and now, as CNN reports, in the waters of the Persian Gulf looms the US Navy's first - in fact, the world's first - active laser weapon.

The LaWS, an acronym for Laser Weapons System, is not science fiction. It is not experimental. It is deployed on board the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, ready to be fired at targets today and every day by Capt. Christopher Wells and his crew.

CNN was granted exclusive access to a live-fire test of the laser.

For the test, the USS Ponce crew launched the target -- a drone aircraft. Immediately, the weapons team zeroed in.


"We don't have to lead a target," Hughes explained. "We're doing that engagement at the speed of light so it really is a point and shoot -- we see it, we focus on it, and we can negate that target."


In an instant, the drone's wing lit up, heated to a temperature of thousands of degrees, lethally damaging the aircraft and sending it hurtling down to the sea. The strike comes silently and invisibly.

"It is more precise than a bullet," Wells told CNN.


"It's not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it's only good against air contacts, or it's only good against surface targets, or it's only good against, you know, ground-based targets -- in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets."

LaWS begins with an advantage no other weapon ever invented comes even close to matching. It moves, by definition, at the speed of light. For comparison, that is 50,000 times the speed of an incoming ICBM.

"It is throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object," said Lt. Cale Hughes, laser weapons system officer.


"We don't worry about wind, we don't worry about range, we don't worry about anything else. We're able to engage the targets at the speed of light."

All the $40 million system needs to operate is a supply of electricity, which is derived from its own small generator, and has a crew of three. No multi-million-dollar missile, no ammunition at all.

The cost per use? "It's about a dollar a shot," said Hughes.

President Trump's military budget problems solved?

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Clock Crasher's picture

The rail gun is way more awesome

Looney's picture


I remember a news report claiming that one shot of a Laser Weapon costs 10 cents.

If the Laser-Weapon-Hype is true, let’s limit the Pentagon’s Budget to 1,000 shots a year. Heck… make it a million shots!  ;-)


wee-weed up's picture



They ought to sell them to cargo ships being plagued by pirates...

Fried skinnies!

Looney's picture


I betcha, throwing a few loaves of bread and a used blow-up girlfriend will get the same result.   ;-)


Winston Churchill's picture

Shirley it would be cheaper just to buy every enemy a TESLA.

The Russians avoided developing lasers and went straight to torsion field generators.

Wiki tries to debunk that theory, but fails to  explainy the reasons why they  have published dozens o

papers on the subject.It would make conventional EW systems look like bringing a penknife to

the battle of Stalingrad.That would include this laser.


Iggby's picture

Yes, Yes, torsion field generators.


Super legit...

Winston Churchill's picture

Glad you read those papers before giving us all  your opinion.

Not that you would have any idea of what they printed.

Stuck on Zero's picture

The first drone explodes with an enormous cloud of smoke. The second drone rushes through the smoke and is exploded with a closer cloud of smoke. By the time you've reached the fifth drone it has hit the ship.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture CNN reports,

Already laughing. Give them credit, though, they're diversifying. They've managed to package war porn and MIC advertising in a fake news wrapper.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Just wait until this technology is declassified.  Laser hair removal for 50,000 women all at  the same time in nanoseconds.

Technology will save the world.

eatthebanksters's picture

You could use a mini version of one of these to fry a few brain cells from a distance and turn someone like Maxine into a retard...well, maybe someone else since she already is a retard.

Mr 9x19's picture

do you see the irony of a country, the usa, making  the mess in mid west to break  israel surrounders and keep geo strategic acces to reel barbarian energy such oil & nat gas, equipping an electric weapon on a boat than can only be shot 1000 per year because of the cost of the electrical system behind it making it as shitty as it's not energy efficient nor portable otherwise ?


and you want to make a world of EV, in an actual declining multi power source, fully green world ?

when you see chevy expect to sell 200km autonomy 35000 usd bolt, you can  expect from those guy to trigger rockets launch by slingshots...


this world is fubar.

bad man's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do..

New_Meat's picture

this, ^^^, is a free-market opportunity.

Wonderin' which state or Commonwealth this Made In The USA device is sponsoring?

Gives a new meaning to "light-'em up!"

- Ned

{now, the dick-measuring contest takes on a new meaning.  "Take that DPRK"}

{{Ponce is a gator, a good-gator, nice Ponce.  I'm a-wonderin' which shooters are carrying?  This is no secret among PLAN and others, you can't do this level of fielding without a shit-pot of e-mail, SIPPERNET notwithstanding.}}

zebra77a's picture

We can zap boats, drones, missiles!!!.. oh wait a seagull shit on the lense..

Did anyone bring windex?

Maxter's picture

The laser system can be defeated with a simple corner mirror.


"...which reflects waves back directly towards the source"

DieselChadron's picture

I was just thinking the same thing.  Photons are very easy to deflect.

It would be pretty hilarious if the guy who tries to use this weapon has it reflected back at him.

Mr 9x19's picture

it will, that's the human nature, to shot itself in the foot.

Dugald's picture

Indeed you could, but harder to implement than one may thimk........just sayin..

Bes's picture

there is about to be an arms race in mirrors

Arnold's picture

Don't be that theoretical physical guy.

Maxter's picture

It might not be that hard to implement if you happen to know the laser frequency. Corner mirrors don't need to be oriented. You just need to place them all over the tip of the missile and cover then with an aerodynamic shell that is transparent to the laser frequency.

FixItAgainTony's picture

Silver bitchez, it's what mirrors crave.

BocceBaal's picture

No mirror reflects back 100% of the photons. It would melt very quickly.

Abitdodgie's picture

So a bullet  from a ships line of veiw can only go about 4 /5 miles , but a laser can go up to 50 miles without any help from other sourses , however the curveture of the earth at 50 miles is about 3300 feet , is there something they are not telling us.

Breezy47's picture

Given that the circumference of the Earth is only about 25k miles my math gut tells me that 50 miles and 3300 feet at the apex would only make the Earth about 300 miles in circumference...I'm probably wrong but feel free to correct.

Maxter's picture

At 50 miles, anything smaller then 1700 feet is hidden from view.


Mr 9x19's picture

bingo, laser is direct aiming, object based is ballisic related , you cannot make long range shot with lasers, it goes staight line except from space... hehe

everything aiming you with a laser, can be aimed back same way, with balistics, it's way more complicated.


but it is a thing they have taken in consideration when they built it. i guess.... like the 200km autonomy of an EV.

Abitdodgie's picture

You drop 6600 feet per hundred miles give or take to follow the earth curcumferance thats why on a flight doing 500 miles an hour you drop over 32,000 feet per hour.

Maxter's picture

It would indeed melt, but it might damage the laser source before it does.

Trogdor's picture

I suppose that would depend on how long they could stay focused on the target.  Focusing on a relatively slow-moving drone that is running slose to parallel to the ship?  No problem.  Focusing on a ship-to-ship or land-to-sea missile coming directly at you at several hundred to several thousand miles per hour - with a lot less frontal area  - possibly through bad weather - and it becomes a bit more challenging. 

I'm not saying they can't make it work ... but I'm just wondering if we're seeing another F-35 fiasco in the making.  I know I wouldn't want to bet my life on it.  I'd take a Phalanx CIWS (Sea-Whiz) over that thing ... at least until it's proven ;)


SybilDefense's picture

This isn't a new weapon.  It was first used Sept 11 to blow a hole through the twin towers, complete with smoke and mirrors

LibertarianMenace's picture

Tesla's Magnifying Transmitter was the weapon of choice selected on 9/11. The decision was based on its flawless performance at Tunguska almost a century before. Everybody knows that. 

BrownCoat's picture

I'm no expert, but...

The LaWS has a targeting component. Don't point it at a mirror!

From Wikipedia: "[LaWS] has functioned well against adverse weather, able to work in high humidity and after a dust storm."
It did not specifically say rain, cloud occlusion or dust. ('After a dust storm' means most of the dust cleared.) 
Obviously, the military wants to keep the details secret. (Except the Chinese hackers probably already have the Navy's proprietary software).

Keep in mind, the StarWars bluff helped end the Cold War.


I just blew my load cornering the reflective window 3M film market. 

Free install with any purchase Joe the Plumber truck size and up.  

Mr. Universe's picture

So now a plane, train or automobile can just suddenly blow up with no warning, no shot fired, and no noise? Sounds like the Deep State's wet dream come true.

The Wizard's picture

Don't you guys think you can replace the petrodollar without us (Deep State) controlling it.

Lost Tesla Papers about the "Death Rays"

Nikola Tesla died on January 7th, 1943 in Hotel New Yorker, in Manhattan, in room 3327 on the 33rd floor of the hotel. Immediately after Tesla’s death, Tesla scientific papers vanished from his hotel room in Hotel New Yorker. Tesla papers were never found. Tesla papers contained scientific data and information about “Death Rays”, which could be used for military purposes.

In 1947 the Military Intelligence service identified the writings about the particle-beam contained in Tesla’s scientific papers as “extremely important.” Military intelligence services of the USA, Germany and USSR were vitally interested in Tesla’s “Death Rays”.



Caledonian's picture

Most likely high powered microwave its already out there.
Inverse square rule limits range though.

lucitanian's picture

Not news, but here's a little more about the application of the weapon for drones:

NotApplicable's picture

I'm guessing that there will be telltale evidence of such massive heating.

Then again, evidence hasn't really mattered much in relation to 9/11... yet.

New_Meat's picture

nah, won't blow up, just kinda' melt.

tmosley's picture

Everything that is even somewhat new is "the Deep State's wet dream" to you people.

Sudden Debt's picture

and there's a shitload they don't tell us. That powersource is something that's pretty new and unknown unless half of the ship is the reactor with a shitload of generators and batteries.

tmosley's picture

>What is a supercapacitor

Gee, I dunno.

Sudden Debt's picture

Hell no.

supercapcitors deliver an usable power band and you'd need to connect thousands in series which would make it so unstable that no way they could keep it stable, even if you only connect 3 to 4 ultracapacitors of 70 vdc it would burn half your systems, let alone if you connect 100. you'd need to repair these things with every shot as half of them would burn out.

So no mister smarty pants, it's not a super taser as no electrical system can work with so many unstable components. 

Mr. Universe's picture

...and yet it only costs a buck to fire one.  They must be using that common core Math.

MaxMax's picture

I once saw an electromagnetic rail gun.  It was at a research institute. They had it pointed into the ground because it was too close to civilian areas.  There were four 30 foot high capacitors about 6 feet in diameter.  They had another name for the capacitors, but that is basically what they were.  It could fire an aluminum shell right through 6 inches of armor grade steel.  Oh, and they did have a small nuclear reactor a few buildings over.

Dsyno's picture

Love when someone puts tmosley in his place. That guy talks so much shit.

Mr 9x19's picture

now you understand the low limit of shot allowed per year, and why it is on a boat...

cooling, and portability.


it is a sci-fi whim of a bunch of crazy pentagon war mongerers.

it is ineficient as can be an f35 when it's rainny day.


the west has lost the tech war for decades, we just do not know it yet.