U.S. Navy announces first operational laser to arm destroyers

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The U.S. Navy has put its first laser-equipped destroyer to sea. In a news release dated Feb. 20, Sea Systems Command says the Optical Dazzling Interdictor Navy, or ODIN, is designed to help ships counter enemy surveillance drones.

Citing the command, Military.com reports the ODIN was installed on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Dewey in November. An image published by the Drive shows that the laser dazzler appears to be mounted in a turret atop the deckhouse."

ODIN's predecessor — the Laser Weapons System — is a 30 kilowatt laser that had been tested but never operationally fielded.

Military.com reports that Iranian drones had shadowed the carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf and the laser will stymy hostile drones' attempt to gather intelligence on U.S. warships.

The outlet reports that ODIN is only one of the laser weapons planned by the service. Another weapon, a 60 to 150 kW laser which has a range of five nautical miles will likely be installed on another destroyer by 2021.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. U.S. Navy's ODIN anti-drone laser dazzler
2. The first ODIN unit was installed on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey
3. Laser a countermeasure to surveillance drones utilized by adversaries including Iran
4. U.S. Navy is developing multiple laser weapons for the fleet

VOICEOVER (in English):
The U.S. Navy has put its first laser-equipped destroyer to sea. In a news release dated Feb. 20, Sea Systems Command says the Optical Dazzling Interdictor Navy, or ODIN, is designed to help ships counter enemy surveillance drones.

Citing the command, Military.com reports the ODIN was installed on the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Dewey in November. An image published by the Drive shows that the laser dazzler appears to be mounted in a turret atop the deckhouse.

ODIN's predecessor — the Laser Weapons System — is a 30 kilowatt laser that had been tested but never operationally fielded.

Military.com reports that Iranian drones had shadowed the carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf and the laser will stymy hostile drones' attempt to gather intelligence on U.S. warships.

The outlet reports that ODIN is only one of the laser weapons planned by the service. Another weapon, a 60 to 150 kW laser which has a range of five nautical miles will likely be installed on another destroyer by 2021.


SOURCES: Naval Sea Systems Command, Military.com
https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/SavedNewsModule/Article/2089079/navy-leverages-workforce-delivers-c-isr-capability-rapidly-to-surface-fleet/
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/02/21/navy-has-installed-first-drone-stopping-laser-destroyer.html