US Navy Shoots Down Drone Using Laser Beam In Historic First
For the first time in its history, the US Navy has shot down a drone with a sophisticated heat beam, which they called a ‘laser’.
Military forces using lasers as part of their weaponry makes the mind leap to memories of The Terminator, Halo and other sci-fi; blinding strokes of light filling the skies, aimed at futuristic machines the likes of which we’ve not seen – yet.
In a world that’s edging closer and closer to all-electric, it’s not surprising that we’re also nearing technologies once in the realm of our imaginations – in this case, we’re talking about Starship Troopers-style lasers.
Earlier this year, the US Navy took down a drone with an all-electric laser, courtesy of its Layered Laser Defence (LLD). In the exercise, the drone was mean to represent a subsonic cruise missile, as per Tech Spot.
The laser was designed and built by Lockheed Martin with the intention of being used against unmanned aerial systems,…