Navy Can't Praise Its Laser Weapon Enough
The LaWS laser gun spent several months deployed on a Navy transport ship, and the Navy can't say enough good things about it.By Steven Sparkman | December 11, 2014
It looks like laser weapons are here to stay. The U.S. Navy says its test run of the Laser Weapons System, or LaWS, went off without a hitch.
This spring, we learned that LaWS was ready for a real-world deployment on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf, the result of a years-long push to develop naval laser weapons. (Video via U.S. Department of Defense)
The weapons fill a niche: The Navy already has big guns, but its ability to fight asymmetric threats — smaller craft like drones and small boats — can use some improvement.