The US Navy is testing the world’s first active combat laser
Currently, US Navy officers are testing the world’s first 30-kilowatt war laser, designed to destroy ground, sea and air targets. According to the participants in the tests, the laser hits targets at the speed of light and, more accurately, the bullets. The tests take place in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Ponse transport ship. According to the forecasts of representatives of the Navy, a combat laser should be introduced into service in 2020.
The speed of the beam is 50,000 times higher than the speed of the intercontinental ballistic missile. According to Lieutenant Colonel Keil Hughes, the laser system detects, automatically captures and escorts the target. The laser throws a powerful beam of photons towards the target , which results in its instantaneous heating up to 1000 ° C and destruction. While as a target, mostly drones are used.
The installation works in an invisible range of the electromagnetic spectrum, so the shot is invisible and unheard. With its help it is supposed to destroy small planes and surface drones. The cost of a combat laser is estimated at 40 million dollars, and the price of a shot is only 1 dollar.