US Navy trials latest version of its counter-UAS laser weapon

The US amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) has conducted a high-energy laser weapon system demonstration on December 14 while sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

According to a US Navy press release:

“During the demonstration, the Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapons System Demonstrator (LWSD) Mark 2 MOD 0 aboard Portland successfully engaged a static surface training target. Portland previously tested the LWSD in May 2020 when it successfully disabled a small unmanned aerial system while operating in the Pacific Ocean. The Office of Naval Research selected Portland to host the laser weapon technology in 2018. The LWSD is considered a next-generation follow-on to the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) that afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15) tested for three years while operating in the Middle East.”

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