April 8th, 2013
08:22 PM ET

Navy to deploy laser to destroy drones, small boats

By Chris Lawrence and Lindy Royce-Bartlett

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy a laser weapon aboard a warship for the first time, Navy leaders said on Monday.

The laser will be deployed on the USS Ponce in early 2014.

"The weapon's quick-reaction capability matches what we see as potential targets" in the Persian Gulf, a Defense Department official said.

The laser has been tested against and destroyed drones and fast-moving small boats, the official said.

A second defense official said the laser is fully capable of being used against threats even though it is its first deployment.

"The system has been tested and proven. So while it's going on the Ponce as a demonstration, it is a system that can be used in real-world scenarios."

The first official estimated the cost at roughly $31 million.

"That could go down in the future, accounting for an actual procurement order," that official said.

In announcing the laser on Monday, Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder touted the technology.
He said the "solid-state laser is a big step forward to revolutionizing modern warfare with directed energy, just as gunpowder did in the era of knives and swords."

He also said it's expected to ultimately save the Navy money.

"Our conservative data tells us a shot of directed energy costs under $1," Klunder explained. "Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to fire a missile, and you can begin to see the merits of this capability."

The laser does not require "unique platforms" and could potentially be deployed on a variety of ships, one of the officials said. But another also said it does have limitations.

It needs a "line of sight" for targeting. "It does not curve, and cannot go over the horizon," the official said.

He also noted that bad weather can affect the beam, but added that "bad weather can be a factor in many of our current weapons systems" as well.

soundoff (828 Responses)
  1. Randy Benson

    That laser took longer to burn through the drone, then my magnifying glass can start fires... LOL

    April 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  2. Mobius008

    Now you'll be hearing the Somali pirates scream,

    "Don't TASE me bro!!!"

    April 9, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • Info

      Wouldn't it be more appropriate as

      "Don't LASE me bro!"

      April 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  3. Travis

    I see a lot of right-wing nut jobs lining up on this web page to brag about what a "great" development this is! Those weapons are made to kill people and there's nothing "glorious" about them at all! This is why we cannot balance the national budget!

    April 9, 2013 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Alan S

      Travis: As to your statement that the weapon is designed to kill people, this laser is designed to shoot down drones, not to kill people. It is designed to protect U.S. warships, and therefore to save U.S. lives. As to your statement about this weapon being the reason the U.S. is unable to balance the budget, the article says one shot from the laser costs under $1, compared to millions of dollars for one missile that is fired. Seems that using $1 light beams rather than $1,000,000 missiles would be a good way to reduce the Navy's expenditures. As to your description of people who disagree with you as "right-wing nut jobs", allow me to suggest it is possible to think different than you do, Travis, without being either extreme or nutty.

      April 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • heywood

      Right wing nuts or people who want to defend us from known threats? Not everyone is as spineless as you are or not smart enough to see the numerous threats throughout the world. Its for defense, to defend you and your family. Just say thank you.

      April 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • KW

      Wow you are a dummy.

      April 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  4. That Guy

    ^ agreed. Tesla all the way baby!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Thomas Edison

      Nikola Tesla died penniless.... so much for his great inventions and ideas... LOL..

      April 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  5. Whombatt

    The video demonstrated the shoot-down of what seemed to be a small hobby-sized aircraft which took about 10 seconds. Then the video morphed into a rather poorly-done CGI production depicting yet another engagement with an artist's idea of a drone.


    Note to USN's publicity department: Please contact LucasFilms or ILM to produce your next flim-flam film. Whoever did this one sucks–big time.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Mobius

      I'll bet you think the moon landings never happened either.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  6. BH

    Dollar a Shot – Definitely a Solar powered laser.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
  7. Polopoint

    "The first official estimated the cost at roughly $31 million."

    $31 million? Oh, I'm so sure.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:15 am | Reply
  8. Joe

    And will it penetrate deflector shields?

    April 9, 2013 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • Earnest T Bass

      I've given ya all she's got, it won't handle much more captain!

      April 9, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply
  9. svann

    Coming from a laser background I find it extremely unlikely that they can do that for a dollar a shot.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • heywood

      Laser tag with you and your dungeon and dragons buddies dosent make you an expert

      April 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • zyph

      They only use it on dollar shot night

      April 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  10. Joe

    But will it destroy photon torpedoes?

    April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
  11. marcelinethevampirequeen

    Get ready for the next step in defense: Reflective aircraft!
    This is really cool though, about time they do this with all the money that we're spending in the military.
    Now we just need a space fighter. I don't know why, to blow up the moon or something?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  12. cbehlok

    How about ALL white or reflective drones?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Sumguy2006

      I would think no surface is completely reflective across the whole spectrum, and any missile/drone will have to have at least a small exposed area for it's own guidance system.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:10 am | Reply
  13. Dave

    And, why are we publicizing this on CNN? Shouldn't this kind of weapon be top secret? Why does everybody in the world have to know that we have this capability? Ahh, yes don't tell me, so that the Chinese can copy it, improve it and mass manufacture it faster than we can. Of course, how did I not think about this? Sorry, my bad...

    April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • cbehlok

      Correct... this is no different than the pathetic N. Korean and Iranian propagandas.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Ed

      If they're releasing this information, it means that we already have something even better.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
      • roguewaver

        This is an assumption I generally make as well.

        April 9, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • roguewaver

      It's called a deterrent. It's not about firing it or keeping it a secret. It's about showing the world that we are ready to dominate. Half of the battle is a show. Welcome to 2013.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
  14. Joe Sixpack

    I'll get excited when they put lasers on sharks.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • thomas

      You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?

      April 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • sativa619

      Go to youtube and look up "wicked lasers sharks"... I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

      April 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  15. Snarky

    The Navy says it is expected to save money... that's like your girlfriend saying she saved money when she bought shoes on sale.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Nope. Why spend over a million dollars a shot to shoot down drones or small boats when the laser can do it for pennies on the dollar.

      April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
  16. themo

    pew pew pew

    April 9, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  17. paullubbock

    What? No sharks with freakin laserbeams attached to their heads? Throw me a freakin bone here people.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Scott Evil


      April 9, 2013 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • Theo

      Yeah nice that this joke has only been posted about 50 times already


      April 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  18. Old Enough

    Cost? Install cost similar to Phalanx (Dependking on the version) Cost to use? (Fire) Well the laser only costs the cost to produce the energy required. No expensive munitions.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  19. callmecrazy

    I don't see why they wouldn't use this on an enemy fighter. It would give the pilot some serious lasic eye surgery.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
  20. andreas

    i'm remember Laser Tank from CnC General ZH,General Townes from USA Fraction.it will soon happened?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Old Enough

      Laser equipped tanks have existed for a while. Problem is the power supply needed. Tank will need to tow a power trailer behind it. This is old info, maybe power supply has become smaller recently. Still, not a lot of room in a conventional tank.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • Telveer

        Lasers powered by disposable chemical cannisters, perhaps. Kind of like carrying munitions. emenber the old chemical camera flases?

        April 9, 2013 at 10:42 am |
  21. Anatoly

    Next, US military will reveal they already have a solution to global warming. Geo-engineering or climate control by a method of spraying the sky with toxic heavy metals such as aluminum and barium which is for our own good. In fact, this has been going on for some time now. Just need to get people accustomed to this idea. Time to wake up! Be Light and Love!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Let me guess. You believe the whole "Chemtrail" line, don't you?

      April 9, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  22. Lets Be Civil

    What are we waiting for then? On to North Korea!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Mark

      It is ridiculous remarks like that which get us into wars to begin with; War with NK is much larger and far more complex than a silly laser on a ship – or did you forget the 1 million standing army with 7 million in active reserve?

      April 9, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • Brad

        Kinda reminds you of Iraki army prior to their shallaking

        April 9, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  23. phil_177

    Since serving aboard LPD-1, the looks of that "gun" might have a problem pointing down at attacking Iran Naval boats, while keeping its' tailgate in one piece ...

    April 9, 2013 at 10:10 am | Reply
  24. Luis

    It's really awsome to see that our modern warfare is advancing up to that capability, but I think this is only going to threaten our future considering that other countries are going to find a way to have it too, and will like to try it in a real life scenario. Can you just imagine a War to break out as that....total CHAOS!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  25. John Geheran

    If only the Taliban in Afghanistan had this technology, we'd be out of that country in three months! Tragically, they don't so more lives will go down the drain just for the right-wing thugs in Washington!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • Smacks Forhead

      So you're calling your hope and savior a right wing thug now? He is the commander and chief (in name at least), so why are you bringing right wing into the equation? Silly Troll!!!!

      April 9, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply
  26. skyatimus

    All I want are dolphins with frickin' drone-zapping laser beams attached to their heads! Is that too much to ask?!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
  27. George Patton-2

    Someone ought to warn both the Russians and the Chinese about this horrific development. As I remember, it took the Russians over 4 years after the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima to develop their own A-bomb. Unfortunately, it will take them just as long if not longer, to come up with this kind of technology. In spite of our ballooning deficit, the right-wing thugs in Washington always seem to come up with the money for this kind of technology to kill people!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Joe M.

      You nailed it good, George. Thank you.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
      • Rick

        Both of you are totaly lost puppies. get a life both of you!

        April 9, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • jrh0

      Clearly you didn't pay attention. Kill people??? This is a defensive technology. Its a more cost effective way to protect ourselves from the tactics we've been actively watching our enemies practice to prepare for our ships.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
      • Mark

        While I think the OP went way over the top, you must surely be naive to think they would not use directed energy weapons as an offensive weapon as well. And semantics is everything. At the moment it seems to be a defensive system for protecting ships – there is nothing to prevent that technology from being applied in other domains.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:38 am |
  28. Patrick

    Just watch Real Genius, and you'll see the practical purpose of the laser...making popcorn

    April 9, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Hahah, very good reference.
      Seriously though, it's about time that archimedes death ray gets deployed

      April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Theo

      This is jesus Kent and you've been a very Nauughty Boy !

      April 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  29. infolodetan30


    April 9, 2013 at 9:42 am | Reply
  30. US Puppet State

    So this means the Chinese will miniaturize this technology in a month and sell it to someone who needs to remove the drones of the Great Satan.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • karlotious

      you're an idiot if you think that chinas research and development compares with ours. China takes our technology and attempts to improve on it. Even their supercomputers use our cpu chips. If anything we will miniaturize the tech and china will attempt to mimic it.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | Reply
      • huh

        I believe you are mistaken. The Chinese deff. Make everything better. They could wipe out america in a day

        April 9, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • flaitguy

        only if they were bombing us with lead based toys.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • Mark

        Every empire that has fallen believed blindly in their own greatness – and you are making that same mistake. To underestimate China is a glaring error of critical thinking. You shoudl not be starting they cant but rather asking, genuinely, if they can.

        You can engage in all the nationalistic blather you wish – but you can be assured the Joint Chiefs do not sure your optimism – they cant afford to.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:41 am |
      • Smacks Forhead

        You're absolutely right, they'll just wait for us to improve it and then steal it from us. Then our leadership will be stupid enough to buy it from them, embedded malware and all.

        April 9, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Belisarius85

      I think you overestimate the Chinese government's technical capabilities.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • Ed

        The Chinese knock off inventions, they don't pioneer their own.
        Would you ever consider buying a Chinese automobile or motorcycle? Neither does the rest of the world

        April 9, 2013 at 10:06 am |
      • Mark

        Sure E, keep telling yourself that.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • George Patton-2

      Thank you US Puppet State, for the wishful thinking. It sounds too good to be true.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  31. Simon

    This is great...the question is : when do I get my own laser gun? LOL

    April 9, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • Theo

      Youl burn your eye out kid

      April 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  32. CIA

    The CIA is monitoring these comments.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply
    • dr greg

      The CIA would not waste their time with the stupidity of some of these comments.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Sure they do. The result.....the U.S. population is even dumber than we thought....mind control working better than imagined. Feed them more Jaycee and Lil Kim news to keep the pump primed....

        April 9, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • Clark C

      Yes they are...now run to your bunker in the hills and stock up on your assault rifles to protect yourself from the "evil" government

      April 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  33. John Wayne

    OMG! I sure hope that Cat Diesel generator above deck is placed below! Lasers require a lot of power. I wonder if they have solved the power regeneration process or have to power the Capacitors or accelerators up to maintain a reserve.
    I am sure it's not an instan on process.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • posterizer

      Of course they have the capacitors they need. Dr. Emmit Brown gave us flux capacitors many years ago that can generate 1.21 gigawatts of power.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:21 am | Reply
      • KW

        Yeah, but only with plutonium from the Libyans or a bolt of lightning.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:48 am |
    • franklovesfl

      You seriously think that's a diesel generator?????? You don't know much about today's Gas Turbine Navy, do you!

      April 9, 2013 at 9:56 am | Reply
      • Antigrav

        It IS an interesting question, about the CAT box. Obviously this is a "get it on a ship now" temporary installation on a Helo flight deck for real world testing purposes, so it's fair to assume that the CAT box is something like the 5.2MW CAT Gas Turbine generator. This simplifies things alot since the generator can use the Helo fuel to run, and 5.2MW is an AWFUL lot of power capacity! I think this represents the introduction of a real game changer. A carrier group- becoming increasingly vulnerable to drone strikes and ballistic missiles, would be much less so if the screening destroyers all had one of these. CIWS may never be the same again.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  34. Dale Shropshire

    This technology goes back the the Ronald Regan years when he envisioned the "Star Wars" technology being implemented in the military and put funding in the military budget for its development. Although it was realized to be several years out, the develolpment of that technology started during his years in office.

    April 9, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Dale,yup you're right and if Reagan hadn't gone senile with alzheimers,dementia in his second term leaving his wife to run the country maybe a lot of us here just wouldn't because of his maniacal agenda..Just remember too people how he almost broke the bank even going into SocialSecurity to fund StarWars and his nuclear agendas cutting discretionary spending by 70% to fund these projects at out expense...Republicans have always advocated war and have run from it as well,most never serving militarily only about 30%,the armchair generals of our booming MIC and most of you posters are in denile about it as well not wanting the truths be told..Democrates on the other hand are against war and 70% served in military service as well so they know what war brings just death and destruction to anything it touches....

      April 9, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
      • Iceman

        Pete, I have to ask where you got your statistics from. I have never heard 30% of Republicans are veterans but 70% of Democrats are. Just because you said it doesn't make it true. Now let's look outside your fairy tale world. Right now North Korea is getting absolutely stupid. Iran has already downed one of our drones and has the technology and just recently harrassed another. If you think spending on defense is a mistake, you are out of tough with reality. As for moving money around, it was the Democrats who took money from the Post Office bringing it near bankruptcy, raided the trasnportation fund, and "borrowed" money from Social Security for other pet project which now leaves the whole future of that prgram in jeopardy. Before you decide to pitch fake or BS information, check your facts and back it up with substance.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:27 am |
      • Josh

        Actually Iceman there was a SS surplus when Clinton left office and W spent used it to fund his wars.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:47 am |
      • Billy

        @Pete: Didn't know Kennedy was a Republican when he got us involved in Vietnam and Nixon was a Dem when he got us out. Of course he had to do that after that other Texas Repub Johnson got us deeper in with his lies. Before him that other Reoub, Truman, had us involved in that Korean Ploice state which we see resolved all issue since. Of course, we cannot really look at the Repub who took us into WWII becasue we were attacked- after all. Bottom line, really, is no matter which party one belongs, technoogy always improves the safety of war for us all. I mean, just think how easily the North Koreans could attack us if they still only threw rocks and clubbed us with sticks. With Drones and Lasers we are so much safer. I do object, however, to the way in which we have moved away from waging a green war using all natural organic tools of war to this wasteful inorganic stuff. Then again, in the old days when the war was over most warriors just irresponsibly threw their weapons into the woods or dropped them wherever leaving them for others and children to get at. At least todays weapons are better disposed of.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:52 am |
      • terryrayc

        I'm trying to figure out where to start but your entire post Pete needs correcting. First of all no one raided SS. You cannot. People do not understand what happens. When people talk about raiding SS they are talking about the Bonds that SS buys with the extra money it generates. The law requires that SS, medicare and such invest any extra funds in bonds. That money goes to the treasury. I do like you stats. They are all wrong but at least you took the time to make something up. Here is the last data from the major Military Time's poll shows the following. 68% of all officers are republican. Of the enlisted ranks the story is a little different. 32% are Conservative Republican, 45% identify as Moderates that lean Republican and 23% identify as Liberals or Democrats.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am |
      • jrh0

        Actually Josh, you don't appear to understand how SS works. Every year SS collects and spends. As long as the workforce contributing is greater than the pensioners collecting, there will be a surplus, HOWEVER that surplus goes into the "Social Security Trust Fund" which is invested (I use the term loosely) in government bonds. Since a bond is nothing more than a loan to the Treasury, essentially every year the gov't borrows from the Social Security surplus, usually to claim "deficit reduction" (as they like to count foreign debt not private debt.) So, don't go assuming it was a Clinton fix. Granted, Clinton DID create a very positive budget situation, but there was also an offset. For example, he severely cut the military, meaning two things. 1. It meant e went to places like Somalia without adequate gear (like riding through Mogadishu without armor on the vehicles) 2. It means that the next guy gets stuck paying to rebuild what he dismantled. Cutting the military in order to gain budget money is kind of like putting stuff in a pawn shop. You get a little liquid cash now, but you've eventually got to pay to go get the stuff back.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:28 am |
      • Brad

        @josh You are full of something smelly. There has not been an congress that did not take from SS since Nixon. Go look it up. Just to do a bit of US government 101, the President cannot take funds from anywhere. Congress is the only government instution that can aquire funds. As I remember, only GW first 2 years was a Republican congress. All years after were a Dem house and senate. Nice try though.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  35. Eeirail

    I must say that this seems like it would be a hit or miss idea.
    I would love to see this in action though for sure.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Nick Danger

      I think this weapon is just a flash in the pan.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
  36. Tim

    Hmmmm what if your target is a big mirror...

    April 9, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • rick

      A mirror would vaporize if hit by a laser with that amount of power. This isn't some business presentation laser pointer we're talking about.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • John

        I think he was being humorous

        April 9, 2013 at 9:16 am |
      • Kurtis

        Way to ruin the joke 🙁

        April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am |
    • Kurtis

      Your comment just made my day!!!!!

      April 9, 2013 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • Theo

      What do you think a secret phased conjugate tracking system is for ?

      April 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  37. xyzthegreat

    Use it in Afgansistan and Pakistan.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  38. JimR

    Well, Ronald Reagan is somewhere looking up or down and saying – see I told you it would work.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • rick

      Reagan wasn't envisioning something done with lasers, he wanted a particle beam weapon, totally different thing.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
      • Clark C

        They are not far off from this...its called a Free Electron Laser. Estimated to be ready within the next 20 years. The issue is power supply.

        April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Hahahahahahhaah

      Reagan didn't start the Star Wars initiative. He just started overpaying the MIC for it. Reagan put the CON in Conservative!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahah.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  39. Brian

    Depending on the weight of the unit, the next logical step would be to equip lasers on US drones. For $1 a shot, Mexicans beware...

    April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • mike

      Right! That's because we ALL know that ALL Mexicans are drug-dealing GANG-BANGERS! Yet another ignorant right-wing troll who lumps a large group of human beings into a small-minded, and usually racist, category. Congrats on being a very small person.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
      • dos

        Kinda the same way all gun owners are lumped together...

        April 9, 2013 at 9:29 am |
      • Thinker...

        Wait... are you saying that BOTH Republicans and Democrats like to lump people into groups that they can verbally beat on?!?! NEVER!!! It is only the (insert party you don't like here) that do that!!!

        April 9, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Edwin

      I'm sure Brian was being sarcastic. Or just plain stupid.

      Either way it's a funny comment.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
  40. john vance

    Sounds like an interesting weapon system. Of course I've been waiting for ray gun since 1957, that and a jet-pack. I guess this is a start but it sure doesn't fit in a shoulder holster. And without a jet pack to increase line-of-sight I guess I'll wait for the next model.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  41. Dick Cheney

    Next time the Little Fat Boy set's foot out in the open....He's gonna get Puffed!!!!!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
  42. Evil, Dr

    but cant it be attached to a ferkin shark?, I want lasers on sharks by the end of the .wek

    April 9, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • John

      How about bad tempered mutated North Atlantic cod?

      April 9, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
      • John (the other one)

        I really like the idea of the bad-tempered mutated North Atlantic cod–simply brilliant! We need more innovative military project ideas like yours, and we need to get them all fully funded, no matter the cost! True, some of them may flounder and go belly up, but I really think you've just skimmed the surface here of what could be accomplished if we're willing to take the plunge!

        April 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
  43. Jimh77

    Well folks, we are getting closer and closer to George Lucas's dreams becoming reality.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  44. Tim

    They should use it on Roger Ailes. I don't think there's a laser on earth that could handle that big of a POS???

    April 9, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  45. flaitguy

    2 points. First, This is line of sight, so why couldnt they mount them on fighters to take the place of bombers and take out ground targets? (and much mor cheaply) Or will that not work? Second, The comment that this advances weaponry over guns in the same way guns replaced swords etc. Kind of makes these second amendment guys start to wonder, or should, how effective their gun collection would be in 20 years if they had to suddenly form their militia and take on the oppressing government.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • wasso

      All we need is some mirrors now !

      April 9, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
      • kjfuller7

        Yeah... hang a disco ball over the enemy and we could vaporize hundreds with a single shot. K!

        April 9, 2013 at 9:02 am |
    • max3333444555

      government comes in many forms, not all of it carrying a laser. nice snarky comment though

      April 9, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • Sid Airfoil

      Does the Second Amendment cover lasers? I want a blaster just like Han Solos's!


      April 9, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Lasers are notoriously inefficient; you have to provide them with a lot of energy if you want to get even a fraction of that energy back out. On a ship, this is pretty simple; you're limited only by the cargo capacity, which can be huge. On a plane, not so much; weight is a critical limiting factor. My guess is that at least these early versions require a power plant too large to get airborne.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
      • Gamentm

        I think I remember an episode in the Military Channel where there were already prototypes mounted on the nose of a plane.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:05 am |
      • Thinker...

        You are correct about the prototype air mounted laser. It is mounted on a large plane (can't remember which one but think 747 sized) but it is a chemical laser. It uses highly toxic chemicals to power the laser. They scrrapped that idea for the same reason they scrapped the nuclear powered interceptor: what happens when there is a crash?

        The shipborne laser in this article is a solid state laser powered by capacitors and that is much less efficient for weight than a chemical laser. It would be like mounting a naval deck gun on a plane.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • franklovesfl

      They have them on a 747 size platform already. But fighters have to land and refuel. Navy vessels can set off the coast for months.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Antigrav

      Power requirements are too high and equipment to bulky for fighters. However- google C130 laser systems- they're working on it! ha

      April 9, 2013 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • jrh0

        Pretty sure they are planning to deploy then on fighters, but not "lasers" as we think of them sci fi style. They won't be red and blue light beams that go "pew pew" incinerate objects. More like high intensity focused energy that fries electronics, effectively killing missiles, drones etc.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  46. Scent of a Mule

    Take those laser beams away, or you'll smell my mule!

    April 9, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
  47. bluebird

    well that is a start...the problem here is that as soon as the United States gets a new weapon every nation in the world gets it....then we are right back where we started....

    April 9, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply
    • flaitguy

      they eventually do but quite some time should pass before that happens. This is the way it always will be though. I would like to see a purely defensive weapon break through that would render aggressive strategies impotent. kind of like Star Treks really keen defense shields on the Enterprise.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
      • stwebb


        I've got an idea...

        We could acquire some Dylithium Crystals!!!

        April 9, 2013 at 8:34 am |
      • flaitguy

        How silly, everyone knows Dylithium Crystals are fake!

        April 9, 2013 at 8:35 am |
      • stwebb

        Damn, my bad!!!

        April 9, 2013 at 8:38 am |
      • flaitguy

        oops, my bad. i just googled it and it appears that William Shatner has been producing dylithium crystals out of his $%^ for years.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Thinker...

      Germany has developed and tested a 50 kW laser already. It uses independant 20 kW and 30 kW lasers focusing on the same target. It is fairly efficient from what I read. Would have some blindspots in coverage when compared to this laser though since both lasers have to focus on the same target.

      April 9, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply
  48. ally buster

    They should use it on Roger Ailes-

    April 9, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  49. Felix

    Make drones from mirrored surfaces to defeat the lasers. Then weapon obsolete and US money not well spent as always.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Chris

      A) You don't know if that will work. B) You don't know that making a drone out of such material is currently possible. C) By making the drone out of reflective material would make it easier to spot from the ground and than more conventional weapons could be used against it.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • Kamikaze

      So your idea is to make a flying object that even my 97 year old grand mother can see? How are you going to stop missiles and fighters from destroying it?

      April 9, 2013 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • mizlplix

      Mirrors only work on low powered lasers. The military grade stuff will cause a point overload, over heat the reflective media and go right through.

      For a mirrior to truly reflect a high powered laser system it would need an active liquid cooling system, or at least a self repairing media like recirculating mercury.

      (Ex scientist)

      April 9, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
      • kjfuller7

        oh...so I guess mirrored army uniforms wouldn't really work as well as they did in my imagination? typical. What about the liquid metal cyborg from Terminator? I bet that could reflect the laser... we gotta get one of those. K!

        April 9, 2013 at 9:10 am |
  50. NiceTryMaryJane

    They should make a freeze ray to combat Africans.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
    • flaitguy

      I wish I got that joke.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:30 am | Reply
  51. gary

    when does the arms race end? When do we spend our $ on books and food instead of weapons?

    April 9, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
    • Teacher's husband

      Never! Why would we do that???? kids might learn that war sux! And then they would have no more of it. Then, what would our military do?

      April 9, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • Walter

      It doesn't, Gary. In the past, those civilizations that beat their swords into plows ended up plowing for those civilizations that didn't.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
  52. Mario

    That is until they burn up one of our satellites and try covering up.

    April 9, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
  53. GulfWarVet

    I enjoyed the chuckle I had reading "cost at roughly $31 million." "That could go down in the future, accounting for an actual procurement order," that official said." Name any weapon system that has gone down in price versus actually encountering severe cost over-runs, If you cannot do that neither can I.

    April 9, 2013 at 7:40 am | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      JDAM for one. It came in under budget and ahead of schedule. The P-8 Program has been on budget and on schedule. Likewise JSOW is on schedule and on budget. The F/A-18E is another well managed program. $68 million for a twin engined tactical jet is dirt cheap by today's standards. Singapore and South Korea both paid in excess of $110 million each, flyaway cost, for their most recent F-15 purchases.

      April 9, 2013 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • Zane

      Yes the costs "could" go down and the estimated price of $31 mil is probably one tenth the actual costs. The costs could go up also and thats what I fully expect from any Defense Dept project.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Piroko

      "Name any weapon system that has gone down in price versus actually encountering severe cost over-runs"

      A couple years ago Boeing went over budget on a successor design to the KH-11. In response the NRO turned to Lockheed and ordered two more KH-11's, which Lockheed delivered two years ahead of schedule and a billion dollars under budget.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
      • Piroko

        Admittedly, Lockheed had plenty of experience building the things already and was counting on leaving a good impression to secure favor for a more conservative uprated KH-11 generation, but still, to understand how big and expensive these things are you have to consider that the Hubble Space Telescope is basically a KH-11 with a different optics package.

        April 9, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • Jeff

      GulfWarVet, what the official is referring to is called an economy of scale, where the per-unit procurement cost goes down as the size of the procurement (number of laser systems bought) goes up, since fixed costs are spread out over more units and sometimes manufacturing efficiency increases over time as well. This type of cost savings is seen in the procurement of virtually every weapons system. The costs can, however, go up relative to intiial estimates while the system is still being developed - and they frequently do, by a lot. Furthermore, the $31M figure is almost certainly the cost of procurement - operations and maintenance costs will add to that figure. The article doesn't say where this system is in the acquisition cycle, although it does seem to imply that it's sort of a prototype or engineering design model, which means that there might be further development that needs to be done (which, as you say, could lead to cost overruns).

      April 9, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
  54. Thenextstep

    As a tax payer I am glad to see this........ As a guy working for a defense contractor I am NOT happy with it for employment reasons. Heck, if it weren't for N.Korea and Ping Pong Jong I would of probably been out of a job
    a long time ago asd I have made it through many lay-offs over the last 25 years.

    April 9, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply
    • Bloggiver

      A funny one

      But also I just wanna say that I hope he wins , what I hate to see is the Bragging of Americans ,

      April 9, 2013 at 7:18 am | Reply
      • Clay

        Really, you hate the bragging of Americans, then why are you posting on a blog that is mostly read and written by Americans. Are you just trying to be inflammatory?

        April 9, 2013 at 7:29 am |
      • Chris

        So you admit to being a hater? What country might you be from so I can root against them?

        April 9, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  55. scuba_steve

    It looks like the Navy is shooting down a Shadow in the animation. Do they have something against Army and Marine UAVs?

    April 9, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • NiceTryMaryJane

      You do realize the USMC is under the Department of Navy, don't you?

      April 9, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  56. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Deployment of the laser is pending the approval of Rant Paul.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:56 am | Reply
    • BloggingTheFCkOutOfU

      But also I just wanna say that I hope he wins , what I hate to see is the Bragging of Americans

      I hope PING PONG Jong of North Korea wins

      April 9, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
      • NiceTryMaryJane

        u suck as a troll

        April 9, 2013 at 7:54 am |
      • michael

        'merica! your jsut mad that our country actually has food and water and isnt a desert

        April 9, 2013 at 7:57 am |
  57. old_blighty

    You called a warship the "Ponce" ???? That's amazing lol.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply
    • what

      i would guess the navy is now "PC" as well...gotta remember the latins...

      April 9, 2013 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Funlovin

      The USS Ponce is named for the port city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It was an amphibious platform dock ship capable of carrying numerous landing craft for landing Marines. I served on it when I was in the Navy.

      It has recently been refitted to be an afloat forward staging base and to support mine counter measure operations.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • krozar

      It's just an amphibious transport dock. It's one of many support ships. Besides, Puerto Rico plays a big part in US naval history; cementing US naval control of the Caribbean Sea and the gateway to the Panama Canal.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
      • old_blighty

        yeah, the word Ponce means something else in the UK. Certainly not something you would name a warship after.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  58. Realityblowz

    Pakistan could really use these things. Think of how many women and children would be saved. NATO just killed 10 babies and kids over the past weekend. It was all over the BBC. Wonder why it wasn't reported here?

    April 9, 2013 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • Paul

      It was. See that search bar in the upper right corner of the web page? You can search for articles through that. That airstrike was the very first result.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:46 am | Reply
    • NiceTryMaryJane

      Keep your "soldiers" from hiding behind kids.


      April 9, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • Chris

      Imagine if Pakistan actually had control over the entire country and we didn't need to resort to such tactics than and only than could the safety of innocent civilians be guaranteed. Until than war is hell and collateral damage is all part of the game. The Tribal region has been the armpit of Earth for a very long time now and Pakistan has turned a blind eye to it allowing open air weapons markets to thrive while war lords and jihadis have called this area home centuries yet no one blames Pakistan for that its all the fault of the U.S.

      April 9, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
  59. Phazar

    I'm not impressed in the least with this system.

    April 9, 2013 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • wjkssmd

      I am not impressed one bit with your comment.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • michael

      i would LOVE to see your directed energy weapon you have in your parents basement, please enlighten us as to how your laser pointer is better

      April 9, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  60. spike

    Wouldn't putting mirrors all over your drone sort of make laser weapons ineffective, maybe even dangerous for the vessel firing the laser weapon?

    April 9, 2013 at 5:53 am | Reply
    • tet1953

      Good thought, but I think these lasers, and ones to come, are so powerful that the mirrors would be destroyed instantly before they could reflect much.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
      • Honest John

        Mirrors also aren't very aerodynamic.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:03 am |
    • geeworker

      or chrome plating

      April 9, 2013 at 8:02 am | Reply
  61. Lloyd

    Too bad they didn't try mounting this on the shuttles...

    April 9, 2013 at 4:53 am | Reply
  62. Superbomb


    April 9, 2013 at 4:48 am | Reply
    • spike

      PEW! PEW! PEW!

      April 9, 2013 at 5:50 am | Reply
  63. pws1121

    It wont be long until either the Chinese will steal the technology or some American will sell it to them.

    April 9, 2013 at 4:46 am | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      ...or, they just develop it on their own. There's nothing mysterious about laser technology, after all, and the difference between technology levels of most First World countries is negligible. Espionage certainly takes place, but it's becoming more and more common for weapons systems development to take place more or less in parallel, resulting in similar systems and capabilities being deployed at similar times.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:26 am | Reply
      • wjkssmd

        Well in the case of parallel development... China is using our blueprints and technical data stolen from our computers or sold to them by traitors. I can't wait to see chairman of GE sitting at a stool making shoes for a living.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:01 am |
      • SciGuy73

        Yes of course it is sooo easy. That's why it hasn't been done in 52 years. They just weren't really trying before.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:18 am |
  64. Bernie

    It seems to me that a Russian fishing vessel used a laser against a Canadian monitoring aircraft about 40 years ago and an assistant pilot had his eyes permanently injured and then the Can Gov or Russian gov would not pay any compensation.

    April 9, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply
  65. John

    It's imperative that we equip our lasers with the capability to intercept incoming enemy laser blasts, so that we can someday all go outside and enjoy a spectacular laser light show!

    April 9, 2013 at 4:11 am | Reply
    • Wornton

      It's Infrared. You can't see it.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:55 am | Reply
      • SgtBenny

        kinda missing the point Kill-Joy

        April 9, 2013 at 6:44 am |
      • michael

        just put a prism in front of it, then it will be a pretty lightshow

        April 9, 2013 at 8:10 am |
      • John

        Well, we'd all have to don our night-vision goggles.

        April 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
  66. Not that there's anything wrong with that

    I think the important part of this story that's being overlooked is that the Navy named a ship the USS Ponce. Could all those things the Army, Air Force, and Marines say about the Navy be true?

    From dictionary com:
    noun British Slang.
    1. a pimp.
    2. a campily effeminate male.

    April 9, 2013 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • jack

      It was name after the city of Ponce in Puerto Rico, which was named after Ponce de Leon,the first governor of PR and discoverer of Florida, who also supposedly searched for the fountain of youth. The Navy usually names aircraft carriers after U.S. presidents and Congress members, destroyers for U.S. naval heroes, littoral combat ships (LCSs) after U.S. cities, joint high speed vessels after esteemed American values and traits and cargo and ammunition ships are often named after explorers. Submarines are usually named after fish, marine creatures, U.S. presidents, cities or states. The USS Ponce is an LPD (Land Platform Dock) or transport, which falls under the LCS (Litoral Combat Ship) category.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
      • Thank You!

        Cool! Thanks for the info.

        April 9, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  67. *Emmarae

    I wonder if they can have it ready pronto??

    April 9, 2013 at 4:04 am | Reply
  68. Dave

    1.21 jiggawatts

    April 9, 2013 at 3:55 am | Reply
    • irunner

      Not a problem. I have Mr Fusion!

      April 9, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  69. GnatB

    Darn, it's raining. Wars off, boys.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:26 am | Reply
  70. Bearclaws

    It's only a matter of time until Professor Hathaway's house is full of popcorn.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • thefunny

      Real Genius. Awesome movie!

      April 9, 2013 at 5:10 am | Reply
  71. jdoe

    This is not just a defensive weapon, as some believe. They're already working on truck mounted systems for offensive purposes. The Active Denial System (ADS), supposedly meant to inflict the sensation of burning without causing harm, can easily be switched to where it literally cooks people alive. It's also marketed to law enforcement, and they're starting to put them in jails. Makes for a great torture device.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
    • John


      April 9, 2013 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • Phil

      Actually the truck-mounted weapon is not a laser, but a microwave dish - there's not much in common.
      Also, if the military wants to cook you alive, Napalm works just fine, they don't need anything fancy.

      The thing you SHOULD be worried about is that laser weapons have the potential to make air power, our greatest advantage, much less dominant.

      April 9, 2013 at 4:41 am | Reply
      • michael

        im sure they are working on countermeasures for it already, or at least should be, lauch a chaff pod that has tiny prisms to deflect the energy or something. i have no idea if this will actually work but either way we would get a light show from it

        April 9, 2013 at 8:20 am |
      • Thinker...

        The problem with the chaff pod is that chaff would be vaporized nearly instantly and prisms are too heavy to float in the air for long enough and most aircraft would pass right through it. A more effective counter would be plating the aircraft in something similar to reentry tiles. They wouldn't have to handle the same heat so they could be lighter and cheaper as well. They would not be very stealthy though and they would be very easy to damage and destroy with conventional weapons. Not to mention they would cut the aircraft's max load significantly.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:19 am |
      • jdoe

        I know it's not laser, but it's in the same category of directed-energy weapons. These are horrific weapons on par with chemical warfare, causing excruciating deaths.

        April 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • rp1588

      This laser is not planned as a defensive weapon, but to help carry out offensive operations.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply
  72. jamessavik

    The Navy is always a leader in deploying new technologies.

    We have to know that if we can do it, other powers can too.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:12 am | Reply
    • stan

      maybe so but its better to have it first than last because there may never be a "last" for the ones who don't have it first.

      April 9, 2013 at 4:25 am | Reply
  73. Alicia

    Govt. spraying of chemtrails and weather manipulation must be what you mean because, that will make us extinct long before any daily pollution will.

    April 9, 2013 at 3:12 am | Reply
    • jamessavik

      I'm more concerned with real threats from real people that are actually trying to kill us than fairy tales from the tin-hat brigade.

      April 9, 2013 at 3:14 am | Reply
      • Crocker

        Man is already manipulating the weather. One example is the machines used around Vale Colorado to increase snow fall. Its happening and those behind it aren't wearing tin hats nor aluminum foil ones either.

        April 9, 2013 at 3:21 am |
      • SixDegrees

        I'm more concerned that the growing number of tinfoil hatters will drown us all in their stupid.

        April 9, 2013 at 5:29 am |
      • NiceTryMaryJane


        #1. It is VAIL, not Vale.
        B. You know dick.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • Joe

      You're an idiot

      April 9, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
  74. Butters

    How soon before the navy deploys "Sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads!" -Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

    April 9, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
    • jhicks17

      ahem.....it was too much trouble for the sharks... ......WELL what do we have?............sea bass, mutated sea bass........very ill tempered.... gotta love austin powers

      April 9, 2013 at 4:08 am | Reply
    • Alvin Cavanaugh

      If I'm not mistaken, the government has been experimenting with dolphins for years now.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:25 am | Reply
  75. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Is that Mini-Me on that laser?

    April 9, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
  76. mikengermany

    hmmmm.... as in all technology – its only time before this becomese miniturarized into something that can be hand carried. So really – the long term benifit will be for the foot soldiers and lightning the load they carry – since i really think that the current body armor may have a issue holding up to a laser. Or do those techies out there know otherwise? If so – please share. And – will the rate of deaths in such a combat scenario go up? I guess its possible that the laser burning into the body would also cauterize the wound at the same time.... hmmmm. So many things to raise ones curiousity....

    April 9, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • mirrors

      what about body armor made from mirrors?

      April 9, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
      • Exactly

        My thoughts exactly!

        April 9, 2013 at 3:42 am |
      • Wornton

        No, no NO! It's INFRARED. You cannot reflect these beams with mirrors! Would you really think it would be so easy? These are not green and red laser pointers with more power. Any mirror would simply melt like everything else, and at these power levels, even IR-reflective objects would be severely damaged due to inherent imperfections and inefficiencies ( you can't easily make a 100% reflective mirror )

        April 9, 2013 at 5:58 am |
      • SciGuy73

        Actually mirrors work very well against infrared lasers.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:23 am |
      • NiceTryMaryJane


        It can be reflected. Microwaves cannot be seen but can be bounced.

        April 9, 2013 at 8:01 am |
      • TRH

        Throw a rubber ball against your wall at home. It bounces right off right? Just like a household power laser would from a mirror.

        Now take a 50 Caliber rifle and shoot at your wall. How's that wall for defense now? It's similar in effectiveness to a mirror and this kind of laser. In fact, it's quite possible (I'd have to do the math) that the laser to mirror is actually more powerful than the rifle to wall...either way...the mirror isn't going to work.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  77. An old Grunt

    Land, Sea and fine tuning the Air portion of laser defenses. The Triad of the new century. Hopefully it needs not be used. Semper Fi

    April 9, 2013 at 2:51 am | Reply
  78. Dan

    I would love to mount one of these lasers in my tree stand. Dat tirty pointer would not stand a chance.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • An old Grunt

      Naah. Stick with the AK-47. You get blow Bambi apart, and never have to pull a knife, all with about 30 rds. Laser? way to much like surgury, and not enough blood. 🙂

      April 9, 2013 at 3:00 am | Reply
    • jhicks17

      just use ole betty loo. combination ak-57 uzi radar lazer double scoped heat seeking shotgun.. gonna get dat tirty point buck...... really hope you were refering to this song cuz if not then i will look incredibly stupid lol

      April 9, 2013 at 4:12 am | Reply
  79. Lee Oates

    All this effort on war technology while our planet is dying from our pollution. We are a sick species on its way to extinction.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:44 am | Reply
    • BoneDog

      I don't see how you are balancing out the curve any with such a pathetic remark.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
  80. Cow um fat

    Oh ju cwazy amawicans i try and ruild rissle made of rukes and you bring on rasors I just rant ru to give my people roney and rood to reat ry ru gatta ring on rasers forr.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:43 am | Reply
  81. Bleh

    wake me when we can get small hand held ones to battle the 30K drones the cops want floating all over the US to monitor us.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • NeedMyAK

      Sounds like a plan

      April 9, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
  82. George

    Too bad they didn't install it on the USS Sea Bass. Of course the angry sea bass need their frickin' lasers.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply
  83. Joke

    The US Navy has a BFG. Now, go takedown the Boss, Kim Jung Un.

    April 9, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
    • SciGuy73

      BFG-9000 Yeah!

      April 9, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
  84. Joseph

    How soon before it is given to Israel and then from there it mysteriously ends up in the hands of the Chinese as other US weapons technology has?

    April 9, 2013 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • Rick

      No, that would be the Chinese hacking into our systems and stealing us blind because our Gov. is too stupid to stop allowing our routers and switches and firewalls to be made by the Chinese. Personally I’m sick of it too.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
  85. chizzlin sam

    Last week the pentagon surprises us with a $690 million gift to Afghanistan of RUSSIAN Mi-17's...this week the pentagon surprises us with another weapon that can't perform in bad weather. Luckily for the F-35 and the canon laser–it is very rare to see rain, fog or a dust storm during a war. (UPI, April 4, 2013)

    April 9, 2013 at 2:21 am | Reply
  86. Fred

    How long before the turbo laser batteries can destroy alderran

    April 9, 2013 at 2:05 am | Reply
    • Butters


      April 9, 2013 at 2:57 am | Reply
    • An old Grunt


      April 9, 2013 at 3:02 am | Reply
    • SciGuy73

      The White House already said they're not building a Death Star.

      April 9, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
  87. us_1776

    A new Lava Lamp.


    April 9, 2013 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • mama

      so they are building a .......deathstar???

      April 9, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
      • mdbill

        heck with the death star, i want a light saber!

        April 9, 2013 at 8:14 am |
  88. wjm

    I wonder if they can set their phasers on stun. All kidding aside I think it is a great leap forward for the American military. Inexpensive and effective could save the American taxpayer billions of dollars once there deployed throughout the navy. Just think if a tank had one of these thing mounted on it. I still think the capability is questionable, as it would still take a fair amount of electricity to fire the weapon. So bullets and bombs won't be going anywhere any time soon. Still, congrads to the research team that made it possible.

    April 9, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
    • mama

      so....theyre building a death star?

      April 9, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • EVN

      Inexpensive and military do not belong in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence. These are the guys that buy $600 toilet seats and waste money on a staggering scale.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:54 am | Reply
    • Wornton

      A navy ship's engines create plenty of extra energy. It could easily fire all day long.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:59 am | Reply
  89. M I Snow

    Either the article reference to USS Ponce is wrong or something weird is going on... why would the Navy invest $31M on an old LPD (keel laid in 1966) that should have been decommissioned in 2011-12,,, even though it was put back into service as a landing pad for helos in Persian Gulf?

    April 9, 2013 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Desert Tortoise

      It's a demonstration project. If it proves out at sea, the components will be scaled to fit other combat ships, likey new construction ships due to the power and cooling requirements of lasers.

      April 9, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • An old Grunt

      Way less expensive platform to work from and to get the "bugs out" of the weapons system. Also, if the thing blows, you don't lose anything of real value

      April 9, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
    • Oh Noes

      I was deployed for a bit on the Ponce a *long* time ago (1979-ish), and wondered pretty much the same thing. But it makes sense to refit something that is beyond its life cycle with new tech before committing it to ships that are still serving mission critical roles based on their current capabilities.

      April 9, 2013 at 3:04 am | Reply
    • Rick

      It doesn’t matter what ship it’s deployed on, it’s a tech that can be easily removed and fitted on other ships.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  90. A L

    This laser could be helpful in future generations to come

    April 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  91. Clark C

    I've got one word for this one...Mirror.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • DaveR

      Mirrors won't work. Neither is polishing the target surface. Its a matter of physics. The deviation of surface (its roughness) has to be less then wavelength of the laser. An impossible task on a realworld object like an aircraft, which bends and vibrates during flight. Or boat which is punished by elements.

      April 9, 2013 at 2:20 am | Reply
      • Humberto


        April 9, 2013 at 3:21 am |
      • SixDegrees

        So much for my idea of applying chrome to car bumpers, I guess.

        I should also mention that this laser almost certainly works in the infrared, where wavelengths are much longer than in the visible region

        April 9, 2013 at 5:34 am |
      • SciGuy73

        You've obviously never seen a chrome Harley.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:28 am |
    • Wornton

      And I've got one word for you. Infrared. This wavelength of laser would obliterate your lovely mirror.

      April 9, 2013 at 6:00 am | Reply
      • SciGuy73

        There is nothing magic about near infrared. It is light, just like any other. Just slightly redder.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:29 am |
      • Clark C

        I've got a second word for this...troll

        April 9, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • Wornton

        Radio waves are technically light too. So are microwaves....

        Hard to believe we can even get TV in the city with all those vanity mirrors screwing up reception everywhere... /S

        Oh wait....

        April 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  92. Joe M.

    Kim Jong Un needs to get a real job that fits his abilities, after he serves time in prison for his crimes against the people of Korea, North and South. Maybe he can deliver pizza in a United Korea. Is that an insult to pizza delivery men everywhere?

    April 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  93. Patrick

    Ditto to those who praise this technological advance. I'm doubly proud that its first being deployed on a ship on which I served.

    April 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  94. Minoqo

    This is truly heartening just to say the least! Now we can save lives and money effectively negating the rising threat of drones and small boats by both state and non-state belligerents! Hip hip hooray for American ingenuity! This news is truly wonderful! My apologies, folks, for the first poster.

    April 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      It's for missiles,and it's affective.

      April 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
      • Google Giggle

        affective?! hopefully not; effective maybe? you foreigners...

        April 9, 2013 at 2:09 am |
  95. Joseph McCarthy

    This is truly sickening just to say the least! Now we can kill more people than we could before! Hip, hip, hurray or should I say, SEIG HEIL?!?!?!

    April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      My apologies folks, for the misprint above. I meant SIEG HEIL, not SEIG HEIL! Either way, this news is truly repulsive!

      April 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        No, you are what’s sickening, people like you living in our world with your stupid idealism is what is chocking this world to death.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:42 am |
    • J D

      Military deterrence like this laser save more lives than they take. The uses for this technology are largely defensive. As I write this I realize you're referencing Nazis so you probably are chock full of ignorance anyway, but I still want to comment.

      April 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Reply
      • NiceTryMaryJane

        Game. Set. Match

        April 9, 2013 at 8:07 am |
    • Hedonikos

      I agree with JD. This is a defensive weapon in that it stops drones or small boats from harming other people. Namely Americans. Unless of course you don't think there are any nations or people that want to hurt Americans. If a navel ship is out in the Indian Ocean and all of a sudden a drone flies across from say Pakistan or Iran would you prefer it sink that ship? Talk about wanting to kill people. Wake up. We aren't out there to pick a fight. We live in a small world now and we just cannot sit back and watch it go by. To not see this makes you unintelligent. But then with a nym like Joseph McCarthy you must be a starch conservative. All the more reason why your comment makes no sense.

      April 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
      • K P

        American navel ship in Indian Ocean? Really? What kind of defence is that? The more America defend itself on foreign territories, the more American lives are lost.

        April 9, 2013 at 3:11 am |
      • NiceTryMaryJane

        "starch" conservative or "staunch" conservative?

        Actually, I think they are the same thing.

        Carry On.

        April 9, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • 1371usmc

      Did your mother have any male children that lived? So you don't want self-defense weapons? You would rather have more attacks like the one on the Cole?

      April 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      This has been under development for some time and publicly reported and when I told the commie trolls they didn't believe it and said it was US propaganda. The bible says: "The truth shall set you free". Now you have the truth instead of the commie lies put into your head, McCarthy. It will be used to defend the free people of the Republic of Korea and terrorize the brainwashed robots of North Korea.

      April 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • Joe M.

        I hope this weapon also sets free the North Korean victims of the North Korean dictators. Then we would have the literal fulfillment of the words of the bible, "And the truth shall set you free". They deserve to live in freedom too as evidenced by the defectors from North Korea who broadcast their personal testimony on radio broadcasts by Radio Free Asia to the enslaved people of North Korea.

        April 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
      • Desert Tortoise

        The Royal Navy uses a laser weapon during the 1982 Falkland Islands war. I have seen the weapon on HMS Southampton. It was a dazzler that blinded Argentine Dagger pilots and caused them to crash into the ocean. It was, by all acounts, very effective.

        April 9, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • braydenmaine

      its for destroying drones and small boats, it doesnt melt them, it destroys the electrical systems on them so that they are useless. It would be a waste to use it on people

      April 9, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
      • Wornton

        Oh really? These things fire multiple kilowatts of energy. Go ahead and stand in front of even ONE kilowatt and see what happens. ( actually DON'T. The burning smell would be awful )

        April 9, 2013 at 6:02 am |
      • SciGuy73

        Perhaps you should study how lasers work.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:32 am |
      • Honest John

        One kW is the amount of energy that hits you when you stand out in the bright sun. Granted this is a lot more focused, but one kW is really not all that much.

        April 9, 2013 at 7:38 am |
      • NiceTryMaryJane

        I think Wornton meant "kilo-joule"

        1 kw would take a significant amount of time to even blister the skin.

        April 9, 2013 at 8:10 am |
      • Antigrav

        How much is 1KW? It's more power than you use on the BIG eye of your rangetop. Now take the energy of that big red glowing eye, reduce it's area to oh, say- a 3 inch circle and press it against your chest...what kind of damage would you experience? It would kill you in a few seconds. Now for the machine above, I'm not sure- but I think thats a CAT 5.2MW Gas Turbine generator- meaning that beam uses ALOT of energy. I'm sure it will do the job on any small object. People would burst into flames instantly, but not vaporize- it would be horrible. Let's hope that never happens. I believe the UN has a committee drafting a amendment to the Geneva Convention preventing the use of lasers against ANY personnel. It's only a matter of time.

        April 9, 2013 at 10:40 am |
      • Yikes

        "Honest John

        One kW is the amount of energy that hits you when you stand out in the bright sun. Granted this is a lot more focused, but one kW is really not all that much."


        I think Wornton meant "kilo-joule"

        1 kw would take a significant amount of time to even blister the skin."

        ^ Focused into a tight beam, one thousand watts is a TREMENDOUS amount of energy. The scientific ignorance that abounds in public comment boards is astounding.

        If 1KW barely blistered the skin, how the HECK do you think they are burning up test drones and outboard motor blocks with a dozen or so times more energy? ( I believe 30 in this case )


        April 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
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