U.S. field tests high-energy laser weapon: Pacific Fleet Command

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The U.S. Navy shot down an aerial drone with a solid state laser weapon during a test off Pearl Harbor on May 16, according to the Pacific Fleet.

The exercise marked the first shot fired by the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at sea.

The amphibious dock Portland was selected as a test platform for the experimental weapon.

Naval documents published by The Drive suggest the laser should include power and cooling units, other subsystems, and integration with the Aegis Combat System.

According to the U.S. Navy Institute, the LWSD represents advancements in laser director and spectral beam combining technology, which combines multiple beams of different wavelengths into a more powerful laser.

Additionally, the Navy is developing other lasers that will be suitable for the fleet's destroyers that lack the energy output for solid state-type weapons.

These lasers would include hard-kill systems as well as less-than-lethal dazzlers that would dissuade approaching boats and disable surveillance platforms.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Solid state laser shots down aerial drone
2. U.S.S. Portland carried out the test with the prototype weapon
3. LWSD MK 2 features improved laser director and spectral beam combination
4. Surface combats will use lasers against hostile drones and boats

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The U.S. Navy shot down an aerial drone with a solid state laser weapon during a test off Pearl Harbor on May 16, according to the Pacific Fleet."

"The exercise marked the first shot fired by the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at sea."

"The amphibious dock Portland was selected as a test platform for the experimental weapon."

"Naval documents published by The Drive suggest the laser should include power and cooling units, other subsystems, and integration with the Aegis Combat System."

"According to the U.S. Navy Institute, the LWSD represents advancements in laser director and spectral beam combining technology, which combines multiple beams of different wavelengths into a more powerful laser."

"Additionally, the Navy is developing other lasers that will be suitable for the fleet's destroyers that lack the energy output for solid state-type weapons."

"These lasers would include hard-kill systems as well as less-than-lethal dazzlers that would dissuade approaching boats and disable surveillance platforms."

SOURCES: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Navy Institute, The Drive
https://www.cpf.navy.mil/news.aspx/130628
https://news.usni.org/2020/05/22/video-uss-portland-fires-laser-weapon-downs-drone-in-first-at-sea-test
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30500/that-big-mystery-object-northrop-is-barging-from-redondo-beach-is-a-high-power-laser