Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxNews.com. Navy destroyers will soon be armed with high-powered, precision 60kw laser weapons that can track and incinerate attacking drone targets at sea, bringing new "at-the-speed-of-light" attack technology to maritime warfare in new ways. Lasers have been operational for years, as the Navy's Laser Weapons System (LAWs) was deployed on the USS Ponce several years ago. However, the service has for many years been working with industry partners to further refine, sharpen, strengthen, and power-scale newer laser-weapon applications.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Ship-fired laser weapons incinerate, destroy and surveil enemy targets at sea at quickly increasing ranges, inspiring Navy weapons developers to fast-track a growing sphere of directed energy weapons for surface ships. Lasers were recently mentioned by the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday in a report from SeaPower Magazine. Gilday said the Navy would quickly buy more submarines, hypersonic missiles and laser weapons for maritime warfare in the event that the service received an extra $5 billion in budget money, a move which, if possible, might greatly address an anticipated attack and ballistic missile submarine shortage expected in coming years.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Maybe it will take out missiles beyond the earth's atmosphere, incinerate targets well beyond the horizon with high-powered laser weapons and instantly stop a multi-faceted series of incoming attacks all at the same time? Perhaps it will use AI-empowered algorithms to launch a large fleet of networked surface, air and undersea drones, able to launch coordinated attacks at long ranges? All of these capabilities, advanced well beyond the current state-of-the-art into a new generation of maritime warfare weapons, are likely to figure prominently in the Navy's current conceptual work on a new generation of destroyers to emerge more than a decade from now – the Future Surface Combatant.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Laser weapons, electronic warfare, long-range precision-strike weapons, and over-the-horizon missile attacks are but merely a few of the expanded maritime warfare mission sets planned for the U.S. Navy's new fleet of DDG 51 Flight III destroyers, a new class of warship intended to propel the service's ability to wage massive war on the open seas. The technological backbone of these new advanced ships, which is now integrated on the first Flight III destroyer, the USS Jack Lucas, is a new family of AN/SPY-6 high-power, highly-sensitive, long-range radar systems that bring exponential improvements when it comes to threat tracking, identification and counterattack. The AN/SPY-6 radar, previously called Air and Missile Defense Radar, is engineered to simultaneously locate and discriminate multiple tracks, and bring exponentially more tracking and detection.
The U.S. Air Force is refining its combat strategy, tactics and concepts of operation to accommodate the rapid emergence of laser weapons, technologies which promise to alter the landscape of modern warfare and substantially expand the envelope of attack possibilities for fighter jets. The service anticipates having aircraft and fighter jet-fired lasers in operation as soon as the early 2020s, as mobile power systems and other integral technologies continue to evolve rapidly. Not only do laser weapons bring increased precision attacks at the speed of light to incinerate targets, but they can be scaled or adjusted to achieve the desired effect - such as total destruction, partial damage or an even smaller, more measured impact, depending upon the threat. "Laser weapons offer warfighters opportunities for quick and precise target engagement, flexibility and lighter and more responsive support logistics," Eva Blaylock, spokeswoman for the Air Force Research Laboratory, told Warrior Maven in a written statement. The Air Force Research Lab, which has been leading the effort from Kirtland Air Force Base, has been working on laser weapons development for many years now.