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Navy Has Breakthrough in Laser Tech

 |  |  |  |  January 21, 2011

Sharks with friggin’ laser beams it ain’t, but the Navy is proudly boasting that its laser program for a laser defense system mounted on it ships is ahead of schedule. The Navy is hard at work on its shipboard laser system that will be used for several things including the ability to swat enemy missiles out of the sky before they can strike.

The threshold for a laser weapon that is good for defense is 100 kilowatts of power. The prototype laser that the Navy has been working with had only 14 kilowatts of power. The Navy has announced that it has been testing a new injector that has greatly increased the power of the laser and brought the Free Electron Laser up to the megawatt class.

The Navy also points out that the laser could be used for more than shooting down missiles. It could also be used to guide other weapons and more. The cool part about a laser is that it never needs bullets and the beam travels at the speed of light.

[via Wired]