The Americans first showed a combat laser in action


The USS Portland docking ship, the US Navy (LPD-27, San Antonio class), was shot down by a powerful laser, the American online edition of The Drive reports. Published shots for the first time demonstrate the latest energy weapons.


On May 22, 2020, the US Navy Pacific Fleet reported that USS Portland had successfully tested a combat laser system, shooting down a small UAV. The laser demonstrator is called LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0. The test itself took place on May 16, 2020 in the Pacific Ocean in an unspecified place. The military described this event as "the first system implementation of a high-energy solid-state laser."

A solid-state combat laser demonstrator is a unique opportunity to test the weapons of the future. We will receive valuable information on the possibilities of its use against potential threats.

- emphasized the captain of the ship, Carrie Sanders.



Northrop Grumman developed the 150-kilowatt LWSD Mk 2 Mod 0 and delivered it to San Diego, California for installation on USS Portland in December 2019.

The Navy expects this laser to primarily provide ships with an additional line of defense from drones and small enemy ships. The laser can also be used as a “blinder”, disrupting the operation of the enemy’s optical sensors.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 May 2020 12: 51
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    Something is a bit figurative. 5 seconds spars.
    Any temperature sensor will make the UAV or .... start maneuvers and envelop in smoke like a tank. Although ... ours have not shown this ...
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 23 May 2020 15: 05
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      I'm afraid it will be damaged anyway, the skin starts to burn immediately. And this power is probably not the limit, so far, it seems, all this is just a testing platform. But still impressive.
    2. Syoma_67 Offline
      Syoma_67 (Semyon) 24 May 2020 12: 54
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      Wait, they will soon show a cartoon about the Russian laser.
  2. Arkharov Offline
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 23 May 2020 15: 01
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    Finally, something specific, at least not cartoons.
  3. Cyril Offline
    Cyril (Kirill) 23 May 2020 15: 39
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    The Americans showed such tests of lasers on ships back in 2016. Why for the first time?
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 23 May 2020 15: 46
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      This kind of footage was published for the first time.
      1. Cyril Offline
        Cyril (Kirill) 23 May 2020 15: 59
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        - this one as much as in 2012.

        https://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/17/politics/us-navy-drone-laser-weapon/index.html

        If you look, there these vidos, like drones and small boats burn ...
        1. Kristallovich Offline
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 23 May 2020 16: 08
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          Well, as I said: this kind of footage first appeared ...
          1. Cyril Offline
            Cyril (Kirill) 23 May 2020 16: 20
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            What kind of thing is this? The drone flies and lights up. All this has already happened.
    2. Dimmedroll Offline
      Dimmedroll (Dmitriy) 24 May 2020 22: 05
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      Ours conducted 60 or 70 such experiments.
  4. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 23 May 2020 16: 11
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    - The first video is about nothing ... - There in general - what is being demonstrated ??? - Some kind of beam directed from a small ship (it is obvious that it must be perceived ... as a "laser beam") ... - But it is aimed very low, parallel to the water level ... - Interesting - but what kind of UAVs fly so low and in such a flight mode ???
    - Yes, and the second video is not very convincing ... - rather, it demonstrates the penetration of MANPADS weapons into an UAV ...
    - Although ... who knows ... - maybe everything is real ... - Too little data ...
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 23 May 2020 16: 21
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      Do you know the UAV flight altitude, as well as the distance to the object?
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  7. Ser sash Offline
    Ser sash (Ser Sash) 23 May 2020 20: 20
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    Is this the laser that Ukrainians sold them after the collapse of the Union?
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 24 May 2020 10: 26
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      Rather, the Zimbabweans? Or maybe reptilians? Surely someone should sell, they themselves will not think of it in any way? Look at the number of Nobel laureates in the USA, USSR, RF, and in Ukraine. Well, you can still in Zimbabwe.
      1. Ser sash Offline
        Ser sash (Ser Sash) 24 May 2020 11: 01
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        What projects Akvilon and Aydar in 84 destroyed the Kyrgyz Republic, was not?
        The carrier ships were subsequently transferred by Ukraine to the United States. There was also Terra-3 in Kazakhstan.
  8. Astronaut Offline
    Astronaut (San Sanych) 23 May 2020 22: 54
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    Something wide for a laser beam))
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 24 May 2020 10: 32
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      Astronaut

      I also think so, they lit up with a Chinese lantern, and there they blew up a Chinese firecracker.
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  10. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 24 May 2020 02: 10
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    The Americans first showed a combat laser in action

    - Ha ..., why what is all this "fuss" here ...
    - After all, a topic recently flashed: "Russian scientists have created the most heat-resistant material in the world" ...
    -So what is it then ???
    - Well, it remains only to fit this "crocodile-salamander skin" - all aircraft; all ships; all tanks and cars; all military and civilian objects .... and .... and ... and that’s all, "lasers" will immediately go into the category of "losers" ... - Hahah ...
    - In general, when you read here ... here ... here ... about all sorts of "lasers", about "the most heat-resistant materials in the world" and other crap; then there is a desire, to top it all, to listen to the upcoming good tale in the program "Good night, kids" ... - Perhaps this should be done ...- Hahah ...
  11. shinobi Offline
    shinobi (Yuri) 24 May 2020 08: 55
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    History goes in a circle. In 1984, tryndels-tryndels, lasers, electromagnetic guns, orbital platforms, beautiful rollers drove. SOI and all that, by 1987 calmed down. In 97, the story repeats itself, with the addition of pro cool technology stealth. To zero calmed down. And so with a frequency of 5-7 years. By the expiration of the contracts, I think. Combat lasers, railguns and others will certainly take their place in the troops. But not soon and not in the form that the Yankees triumphantly trumpet. To burn a drone, three quarters made of plastic, is one thing. To bring down a combat aircraft, where half of the surfaces are made of heat-resistant composites, is completely different.
  12. And where is the vaunted Peresvet? After all, so far they have not shown anything at all. The answer is simple - Relight is a fake imitation in the thieves' system that covers cuts and allows you to puff out your cheeks.
  13. Dimmedroll Offline
    Dimmedroll (Dmitriy) 24 May 2020 22: 04
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    I’m wondering how they fight air refraction over water? I remember that ours carried out such experiments in 60 or 70 and refused.
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    aleksandrmakedo (Dubovitsky Victor Kuzmich) 15 June 2020 11: 08
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    Quote: Arkharov
    Finally, something specific, at least not cartoons.

    If we take into account that the beam is horizontal, and a burning object against the sky, then this is clearly an installation. How much installation, and how much ....? The second - a ray of light is not visible from the side in transparent air.
    The third. The beam is so out of focus that ... And the last - what the hell is the image red? Does the program generating the image have a broken setup?