The US Navy Has Frickin’ Laser Beams!

by Ryan on February 17, 2014

in Anything Else,International Relations,Pop Culture,War on Terror

This summer, the US Navy will deploy its latest weapon systema laser beam!

While only to be used for “asymmetric” threats, it’s still pretty cool that the military believes such a weapon is deployment-ready!  The article indicates that the weapon’s not so good in bad weather, but for small potential threats in a calm environment it’s good to go.

In two years, an EM rail gun may begin to replace the conventional big-guns on other ships.  The issue with the rail gun is that it requires tons of electricity — probably not a problem on a nuclear carrier or sub.

It’s unusual these days to see the US occasionally act like an old Cold War superpower — spending billions on weapons we’ll likely never have to use against a near-peer power, but still making and deploying them anyway!  If we’re going to have wasteful government spending, at least make frickin’ laser beams with it!

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