United States —
May 23, 2020 5:45 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The United States Navy successfully tested a laser weapon system that destroyed in mid-flight an unmanned aerial vehicle struck by lightning launched from the amphibious transport ship USS Portland.
The test took place on May 16, the US network CNN detailed this Saturday, citing a statement released by the Pacific Fleet.
However, the exact location of the Solid State Laser Weapons System (LWSD) demonstrator test was not specified.
The Pacific Fleet released images in which it is observed how a beam of light coming from the ship impacts a small plane that ends up in flames.
USS Portland Command
USS Portland Commander Karrey Sanders said tests at sea against unmanned aerial vehicles and small boats will provide “valuable information” about “possible threats.”
“With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy“Sanders added.
On February 28, the United States Navy reported that a Chinese warship fired a laser beam at an American plane. This occurred during a reconnaissance flight in western Guam, in the Pacific.
According to the Pentagon version, a Chinese destroyer activated the laser on February 17 toward a Poseidon P-8A plane flying over the Philippine Sea.
The act was described as “violation of codes” and “international agreements” on safe navigation.
The US naval statement noted that the laser beam was not visible to the human eye, but it was detected by the plane’s sensors.
The plane allegedly marked by the laser weapon is part of the US military team stationed at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.
The information then detailed that neither the crew nor the plane apparently suffered damage. The Poseidon, meanwhile, landed smoothly in Kadena.