Laser Ship. Laser Ship! LASER SHIP!!

| April 11, 2013 | Reply

USS PONCE PAO SMALL CRESTTwo years ago, I wrote this about the U.S. Navy’s plan to develop ship-mounted lasers that could light other ships on fire and shoot missiles from the air.

That, folks, is not the best part of this story. I know it may seem like it is, what the the images you now have in your mind of fleets of fast attack boats firing lasers at craven Somali pirate ships, exploding them like the most awesome episode of G.I. Joe ever. But hold your imagination in check just a little longer for the real payoff — the rest of that last sentence.

…but while the Navy considered the test a success, they noted it’s only a small indicator of the eventual power of the laser system.

[Emphasis mine]

Oh. OH!

The eventual power? Forget shooting down missiles. I’m pretty sure “the eventual power” is Navy Weapon Geek Secret Code for “Wave Motion Gun”.

Let’s get that working and then develop an interstellar propulsion system we can mount on a battleship and we’re in business!

We’re not up to space-faring battleships just yet, but we’ve come one step closer.

The Pentagon has plans to deploy its first ever ship-mounted laser next year, a disruptive, cutting-edge weapon capable of obliterating small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles with a blast of infrared energy.

Navy officials announced Monday that in early 2014, a solid-state laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience.

By “real world experience”, I hope they mean “poking fiery holes in the fuel tanks and ammo stores of Iranian gunboats”.

Now this isn’t the bright Star Blazers future I really want, but we’re one step closer to it, right?

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