U.S. Navy Uses Laser To Shoot Down Drones (Video)

OK, this is pretty cool – at least if you were the kind of kid who loved Flash Gordon, Star Trek or any other sci fi movies or TV series with laser weapons … report from CBS News:

The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test that rings up memories of Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” missile defense shield in the 1980s.

The successful test of the Laser Weapon System off the coast of California was announced during the Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in England.

The technology, jointly developed with Raytheon, used industrial strength lasers, is more than just your run-of-the-mill PR exercise. In its write-up of the technology, Scientific American correctly notes that the shoot-down of the drones over water constitutes an advance over previous Raytheon tests which focused on static targets.

Mike Booen of Raytheon gave USA Today the money quote for the day: “The targets came in over the ocean, and it was a good day for lasers, bad day for drones.”…

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7 Comments on "U.S. Navy Uses Laser To Shoot Down Drones (Video)"

  1. Hadrian999 | Jul 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm |

    it was an unarmored slow moving drone.
    sounds great for commercial aircraft during take off/landing not so great for defending against attack craft.

    • When's the last time we actually had to shoot down an aircraft, anyway?

      This sort of spending doesn't make a whole lot of sense when the enemies we're up against live in caves.

      • emperorreagan | Jul 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm |

        They're obviously building these so that when a giant UFO hovers over the white house, they'll be able to float the whole navy up the Potomac and shoot it down.

  2. Hadrian999 | Jul 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm |

    givin me flashbacks to “real genius” I have to admit

  3. *is now hungry for popcorn*

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