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U.S. Navy to use laser weapons on ships

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:24am

For the first time, the U.S. Navy plans to deploy a laser weapon aboard a naval ship.

Navy leaders announced the laser will be deployed on the USS Ponce early next year.

The Defense Department said the weapon has been tested against drones and fast-moving small boats.  The laser is headed to the Persian Gulf where Iran is known to have used drones and speedboats, even though that nation was not specifically named as a target.

The cost of the laser is estimated to be $31-million.

 

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