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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

General Atomics Developing Laser Weapons for Navy Ships

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)San Diego-based General Atomics is reportedly developing laser weapons that could be fitted on the Navy’s latest guided-missile destroyers.

The authoritative trade journal “Aviation Week & Space Technology” reported Tuesday that General Atomics has responded to a Navy request for a 150-kilowatt laser weapon to counter unmanned aircraft and small boats using only ship power and cooling.

The weapon is supposed to be demonstrated in 2018 aboard a Navy test ship off Port Hueneme in Oxnard, according to Aviation Week.

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