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It could be employed to protect our maritime and land forces; for example, ships from threat missiles or soldiers from enemy mortars.While much less expensive than defensive missiles engineered aboard the Ford-class carriers such as the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and the Rolling Airframe Missile, high power laser pointer technology requires a large amount of on-board, transportable electrical power."This system employs multi-spectral target detection and track capabilities as well as an advanced off-axis beam director with improved fiber 100mw laser technologies to provide extended target engagement ranges," said Tom Beutner, who directs the US Air Warfare and Weapons branch of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), as quoted in a Friday report by online military journal Scout Warrior.o develop a more powerful shipboard laser.   "There's dramatically increased pull from the Department of Defense," Iain McKinnie, Lockheed Martin's business development lead for 100mw Laser and sensor systems, tells Inverse. "This is not something unusual. These are prototype rather than experimental weapons. We have already put several laser weapons into operation," Borisov said, adding that weapons based on new physical principles were becoming a reality in our days."A series of threats are hard to address with traditional kinetic weapons so there's a real need for laser weapons that can address a swarm of inexpensive threats." That high power laser pointer was installed on the USS Ponce, an Afloat Forward Staging Base deployed to the Middle East, in 2014. This past October, the Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $53 million contract t The General Atomics laser is five times more powerful than the only 100mw Laser the military has fielded, the 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System, a fiber laser the Navy developed that has knocked down small drones and crippled small boat swarms in tests at short range. A novel laser weapon could complement or replace existing weapons systems with the potential for significant benefits. The USS Ford is built with four 26-megawatt generators, bringing a total of 104 megawatts to the ship. This helps support the ship's developing systems such as its Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, and provides power for future systems such as high power laser pointer and rail-guns, Moore added.


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