This is the future of warfare. And it’s so, so cool.
The US military has been toying with lasers for a while now. The US Air Force is considering them as weapons on future fighters and bombers, and Lockheed Martin has been working to make them a source of fuel for drones. The US Navy? They just like to shoot stuff with ’em.
The navy has been testing its boringly named Laser Weapons System (LaWS) for a few years now, and this isn’t the first time it’s ever blown something out of the sky. It is the most spectacular look we’ve gotten yet, though. In this video released by the Navy today, we see the LaWS using its six-laser cannon focusing on fiery beam of destruction on its poor target. Not something you want to be on the wrong end of. [US Navy via Reddit]