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Lasers, AI and drones likely to inform Navy concept for new 2030 destroyer

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on 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.

Army, industry intensify war on enemy drones with new lasers, missiles

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 21 are here. Check out what's clicking on When confronted with a swarming drone attack, defenders need to operate with the understanding that each mini-drone could itself be an incoming explosive, a surveillance "node" for a larger weapons system or even an electronic warfare weapon intended to disrupt vital command and control systems. Defenders under drone attack from medium and large drones need to recognize that the attacking platform can be poised to launch missiles or find targets for long-range ground based missiles, air assets or even approaching forces. Modern technology enables drones to use high-resolution sensors and targeting systems to both find and attack targets at very long ranges, thus compounding the threat.

Army achieves new high-powered laser weapon breakthrough

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Firing lasers from fighter jets while in combat, hitting enemy hypersonic missiles in space and incinerating enemy drones from armored combat vehicles are all missions intended for fast-emerging, now-in-development laser weapons. Lasers and many laser technologies such as rangefinders and spotters are of course already used in many applications, including deployed Navy ships. At the same time, the Pentagon and military services are moving quickly to develop newer, stronger, more-mobile laser weapons. Much of this includes "laser scaling" and "size, weight and power" improvements intended to engineer lasers able to arm fighter jets and even destroy enemy ICBMs in space. Army scientists and weapons developers are working to engineer lasers strong and durable enough to travel into space and seeking to build compact, transportable, smaller-form-factor lasers able to integrate into fast-moving, fighter jets and transportable soldier devices.

Navy wants to go 'way faster' adding laser weapons to warships

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on 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.