A U.S. Navy warship recently turned its laser weapon system to the skies to take out a drone flying nearby as the service looks to counter aerial threats at sea.
The amphibious transport dock ship Portland "successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle" while it was in flight during a May 16 test at sea, the Navy announced in a news release. Video footage of the test appears to show the drone on fire before it suddenly disappears.
The Portland was equipped with the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator for the at-sea test. The weapon system, which is expected to reach 150 kilowatts laser power, was developed by Northrop Grumman.