Watch a Navy Laser Gun Blast a Drone Right Out of the Sky
It may sound like sci-fi, but lasers are definitely the future of war. As are drones. So what could be better than to see them go up against each other in a blaze of explosive glory? Looks like in the rock-paper-scissors game of modern combat, laser beats drone.
This is the future of warfare. And it's so, so cool.
The Navy has been testing its boringly named Laser Weapons System (LaWS) for a few years now, and this isn't the first time it's ever blown something out of the sky. It is the most spectacular look we've gotten yet, though. In this video released by the Navy today, we see the LaWS using its six-laser cannon focusing on fiery beam of destruction on its poor target. Not something you want to be on the wrong end of.
The real advanatge of a laser weapon system isn't style though; it's cost. Rather the lack thereof. While missles can cost thousands of dollars, a laser shot can be as cheap as $1, according to the Navy's own estimates. That's a drop in the drop in the bucket. Virtually free once you've built the thing.