The Navy Wants To Kill Drones With This Ginormous Laser Gun

The Navy Wants To Kill Drones With This Ginormous Laser Gun

The Navy has successfully tested its shiniest new toy: the Laser Weapons System (LaWS), which recently “tracked, engaged and destroyed” a drone in mid-flight. It’s not our first laser gun, but it’s certainly our best.

The system is similar to the Navy’s Phalanx close-in weapons system, which mounts a radar-guided 20mm Gatling gun on a swivelling base. Except with, you know, a giant friggin laser instead of bullets. There’s no word yet on when we’ll actually deploy these, but hopefully it’ll be before enemy UAVs start perching. [Wired]