On May 11, 9:59 pm, Andrew Swallow <am.swal...@btinternet.com
Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran:
"The Navy is going to sea for the first time with a laser attack
weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats
and blind or destroy surveillance drones.
A prototype shipboard laser will be deployed on a converted
amphibious transport and docking ship in the Persian Gulf,
where Iranian fast-attack boats have harassed American
warships and where the government in Tehran is building
remotely piloted aircraft carrying surveillance pods and,
someday potentially, rockets.
The laser will not be operational until next year, but the
announcement on Monday by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert,
the chief of naval operations, seemed meant as a warning
to Iran not to step up activity in the gulf in the next few
months if tensions increase because of sanctions and the
impasse in negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program.
The Navy released video and still images of the laser
weapon burning through a drone during a test firing."