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.
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