US Navy Disables Drone With High-Powered Laser

The US Navy tested a high-powered laser weapon in the Pacific Ocean on May 16, disabling a drone with the weapon, footage released by the military shows.

The laser was fired from the USS Portland and hit an unmanned aerial vehicle, which can be seen lighting up in footage taken by the Navy. The weapon onboard the Portland is officially known as a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0.

“By conducting advanced at-sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats,” said Captain Karrey Sanders, the ship’s commanding officer.

According to press reports, this was the first instance of the weapon’s use publicly reported by the military. Credit: US Navy via Storyful