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U.S. Navy Laser Weapon Shoots Down Drones in Test

During the test, the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS), guided by Raytheon's Phalanx Close-In Weapon System sensors, engaged and destroyed four UAV targets flying over water near the Navy's weapons and training facility on San Nicolas Island in California's Santa Barbara Channel, about 120 kilometers west of Los Angeles. The Phalanx—a rapid-fire, computer-controlled, radar-guided gun system—used electro-optical tracking and radio frequency sensors to provide range data to the LaWS, which is made up of six solid-state lasers with an output of 32 kilowatts that simultaneously focus on a target.

Added: Jul-21-2010 
By: coldturkey
Arts and Entertainment
Tags: U.S., Navy, Laser, Weapon, Shoots, Down, Drones, Test
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