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There's big news from the world of rayguns this week, as the US Navy has announced successful use of a laser cannon fitted to its well-known "R2-D2" robotic gun turret installation to shoot down other, flying robots in a test. The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) prototype. Credit: NAVSEA Shark-portability issues continue to dog …


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  1. TeeCee Gold badge

    Are they getting paid by the word?

    "This marks the first Detect-Thru-Engage laser shoot-down of a threat representative target in an over-the-water, combat representative scenario."

    Translation: "Yippee! It works."

    "The success of this effort validates the military utility of [rayguns] in a maritime environment. Further development and integration of increasingly more powerful lasers into Surface Navy LaWS will increase both the engagement range and target sets that can be successfully engaged and destroyed,"

    Translation: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet."

  2. Hud Dunlap

    NO video

    Video or it didn't happen

  3. FathomsDown

    Yes but....

    The range and shoot down capabilities are impressive but how long does it take to change its 30,000 AA batteries?

  4. james 68


    did this one also take 7 minutes constant on a slowmoving, non-evading target at close range?

    useless until it can take down something small and fast like a mortar or missile NOT a drone

    btw - if they really wanna test it wrap the target in shiney reflective tinfoil and see if it still gets burnthrough

    1. Mr Grumblefish

      Don't be silly

      Naval types use D-cells.

  5. spider from mars

    so what happens when missiles become obsolete?

    all those expensive carriers with their plane-delivered ASMs suddenly look at bit silly...

    1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Bring back the battleships

      I would like to see a 15-inch armour-piercing shell taken out by a lazor...

      1. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge


        cannons can cheerfully take out 4.5" shells

        Ask the navy.. I'm sure theres some vid somewhere of it happening...

      2. Daniel Evans


        Can said lasers penetrate water effectively? I hear torpedoes make pretty explosions too.

        Failing that, how about some lasersats? Laser fighter bombers? Laser battleships? Oh, the possibilities...


  6. Mike Richards


    Not the robot, their use of 'thru'.

  7. Craig 28

    Not quite

    Missiles will only be obsolete when the *other* side gets this kind of system working. Given that in the past 20-30 years no country we know of has developed stealth capability anything like the F117 it is plausible that ASMs will have life to come yet.

    Plus the carriers can still fly strike craft carrying bombs for supporting ground operations, not to mention air cover.

    1. Blofeld's Cat
      Black Helicopters

      Charge of the light brigade

      " country we know of has developed stealth capability anything like the F117..."

      Ah yes, but would we know if they had exceeded it?

  8. Tony Barnes


    Seriously rubbish name, I mean really, they couldn't try harder to make it sound meaty? It needs to out-do the "phalynx" for gods sake, that just screams about how hung it is...

  9. Anonymous Coward

    The real question is...

    Can they mount it on a shark?

  10. h 6


    "in some cases to adjust the minimum speed something must be going at before it is fired on."

    So does it have a setting for "bird?"

    1. Thomas 4


      "Extra Crispy".

  11. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
    Paris Hilton

    How long did it take...

    To toast a target?

    Does anyone know?

  12. Max Entropy

    It's a success so...

    Obama cancels the project in 3....2....1.....

  13. annodomini2

    Coming to a hunting party near you soon...

    Ad reads "Kills and cooks your prey in seconds!"

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