Military technology and engineering are always better and ahead. They always have a good budget and bright minds at their disposal. They always show us first class powerful and awesome gadgets. If we look back at history, the US Military is one of the key element in the development of the Internet. After good research and show of really cool Rail Gun, US Navy starts LaWS (Laser Weapon System). This is the first phase project. We assume that we will be seeing laser guns very soon.
The USS Ponce which is located in the Persian Gulf has been using Laser Weapon System known as (LaWS) since August 2014. It is not powerful enough to shoot bigger vessels and objects for now. All it does is shoot a non-lethal laser flash to thwart their sensors. We should not underestimate its powers though. It can surely shoot down small ships like drone easily. It is stationed there to defend against the Iranian fleet.
The laser is a very delicate system so it needs a lot of care. It needs protection from dust, dirt and the harsh weather. The Navy is constantly developing and improving this system. It is sure that in near future we will be seeing new high tech laser weapons. The military also showed experiments with Rail gun some years before. That weapon is capable of shooting metal projectiles at March 7 that is 7 times the speed of sound.
The plan is to improve the weapon and try to implement these systems in more warship to improve the military. These latest laser tech weapons are the future of weapon. In the future, there may not be a need to use projectiles and explosive materials. New technology always brings up challenges to another technology. So the defense will also need improvement. We might now need laser attack proof aircraft and another high tech system as a countermeasure.
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The LaWS on the USS Ponce can have low power or high power mode. It actually uses an infrared beam to shoot at its enemies. Low power beam is used to scare off enemies with non-lethal and non-destructive laser shots. In the high power mode, it a deliver 30,000W power shot that can do serious damages. This is very high tech weaponry and it has many pros over traditional shooters.
The USA spends a lot of its budget in defense and military. They constantly work on improving, inventing new technology. Rail Gun and LaWS are some of such weapons. Laser Weapon System can actually be a very good system. It doesn’t need ammunition except for energy source such as electricity. They can be highly precise and have a very high range. These things are good for a country’s defense. For now, these are pretty expensive and futuristic weapon technology. War is bad but development and new inventions are always good and welcome.
Defense and new technology
Newer technologies are always developed during the defense R&D process. LaWS is an amazing and interesting implementation of Laser. It is state of the art technology for defense. The research in this sector is always focused on the best technology that can offer the most accurate result or target.
Use of laser now shows that huge changes can be expected with development in science. Rail gun is a simple example because it can shoot projectiles without the use of explosive. The laser is one of the most important inventions of the modern era. It wasn’t meant for weaponry at first but till now it looks great. Let us wait and watch what more of such interesting things we get to see.