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posted by Dopefish on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the shoop-da-woop dept.

Sir Garlon writes:

"According to the Associated Press, the US Navy has announced plans to actually deploy an operational laser weapon aboard the USS Ponce later this year.

The solid-state laser weapon system is designed to target what the Navy describes as 'asymmetrical threats.' Those include aerial drones, speed boats and swarm boats, all potential threats to warships in the Persian Gulf, where the Ponce, a floating staging base, is set to be deployed.

'It fundamentally changes the way we fight,' said Capt. Mike Ziv, program manager for directed energy and electric weapon systems for the Naval Sea Systems Command."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Darth Turbogeek on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:56AM

    by Darth Turbogeek (1073) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @10:56AM (#2322)

    Yeah, it looks liek it's legit - there's some other stories that line up and a few other Wiki entries as well for the ship in question.

    To be honest, I thought this was some sort of a joke, but no it appears real. Kinda cool we now have actual in field laser weapons and disappointing as there are so many better things to be doing with the money spent.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:47AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @11:47AM (#2346)

    I am still waiting with baited breath for the vaunted "rods from god"

    The US spends far too much on offence

    • (Score: 0, Troll) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:30PM

      by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:30PM (#2701) Homepage Journal

      I am still waiting with baited breath for the vaunted "rods from god"

      Eww, you eat fish bait? Brush your teeth!

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      • (Score: 1) by mcgrew on Thursday February 20 2014, @08:01PM

        by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Thursday February 20 2014, @08:01PM (#3664) Homepage Journal

        LOL, the moderator apparently didn't realize I was poking fun at the GP's lack of written communication skills; he obviously meant "I am still waiting with bated breath."

        THAT is one of the things I came here from slashdot for; as bad as beta is, the uneducated barely literate normals at slashdot are just too annoying, and I've seen little of that stupidity here.

        Some people are completely humorless (and I'm completely offtopic, nobody can accuse me of being a karma whore).

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