这Amphibious Warship USS Portland Has Shot Down A Drone With Its New High-Power Laser

这successful test of the powerful laser is a major step forward for the Navy's directed energy weapons ambitions.

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San Antonioclass landing platform dock USSPortlandhas successfully knocked down a small drone using its new laser directed energy weapon. The ship was first spotted with the system installed as it left its homeport in San Diego California in December 2019, which这War Zonewas first to report.

这U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleetannouncedthe test ofPortland's laser weapon, which is formally known as the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) Mk 2 Mod 0, on May 22, 2020. The test itself took place on May 16 at an unspecified location in the Pacific Ocean. The service described the event as "the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser," but did not say if this was the first time that the ship has actually fired the weapon.

“固态激光武器系统示范器是一种独特的能力Portlandgets to test and operate for the Navy, while paving the way for future weapons systems," Navy Captain Karrey Sanders,Portland's commanding officer, said in a statement. "By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats."

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这mounting configuration of the laser aboard USSPortland.

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武器从诺罗普格鲁曼的设施搬到了雷东多海滩之前,它安装了USS之前Portlandin San Diego.

Northrop Grumman developed the LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0 for the Navy as part of the Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program and delivered it to San Diego for installation onPortland在2019年末,一些东西这War Zonewas also first to report. The service had announced that theSan Antonioclass ship would be the first to carry this laser weapon back in 2018 and had originally planned to conduct the first at-sea tests by the end of September 2019.

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我们Portlandfires the LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0 on May 16, 2020.

这Navy expects the 150-kilowatt class LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0 to primarily provide ships with an additional line of defense againstunmanned aircraftand小船群. The laser can also act as a dazzler, blinding optical sensors and seekers. The full system can use its own integrated full-motion video cameras, which are used to track targets and aim the weapon, to conduct surveillance, as well.

SSL-TM程序只是服务正在开展的四个活动计划之一,作为海军激光系列系统的一部分,希望将来希望踩踏石头以更强大和其他能力的激光武器。这Arleigh Burkeclass destroyer USSDewey现在也配备了什么样的初始版本的光学炫目算机,海军(Odin)系统,另一个海军定向能源发展这War Zonewas first to report on and that you can find out more aboutin this past piece.

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It's worth noting that this is not the first time the Navy has installed an operational laser weapon system on a ship. Theinterim sea base USSPoncecarried the AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Middle East between 2014 and 2017. Northrop Grumman developed the LaWS, as well as the earlier Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD), both of which helped inform the development of the LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0. Being in the 150-kilowatt class, the new laser weapon is significantly more powerful than the 15-kilowatt-class MLD and the 30-kilowatt-class AN/SEQ-3.

"With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy," thePortland's Captain Sanders said. This successful test is certainly an exciting step forward for the Navy's directed energy ambitions.

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