American ship USS Portland tested a powerful laser, shooting down UAVs

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The U.S. Navy announces a test of laser weapons mounted on a USS Portland ship. The complex is officially known as the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Mk 2 Mod 0.

The test itself took place on May 16 at an unspecified location in the Pacific Ocean. Whether he became the first for USS Portland is not reported.

This is not the first time that the US Navy installs a laser weapon system on its ships. In particular, it is known that the USS Ponce landing dock was equipped with the LaWS laser system during deployment in the Middle East between 2014 and 2017.

While in the 150 kilowatt class, the new weapon is significantly more powerful than the laser mounted on the USS Ponce.

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