Yo Joe! U.S. Navy Equipping with Lasers in the Persian Gulf


We’ve known these were in development for a while, but the testing phase is over. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced the first field deployment of a directed energy weapon on ships in the Middle East. The laser beams are the only weapon as fast as the speed of light, they stay steady even in rough seas and can take out drones and speedboats (but not, as yet, jet fighters or missiles). On the plus side, they also can’t be deflected by a ninja swinging his sword super-fast. So there’s that.

Perhaps the only disappointment for Joe fans is that the whole “blue laser versus red laser” issue is dodged – this laser’s beam is invisible to the naked eye.

Video of it in action, with commentary, after the jump…