Naval Weapons

Surface Navy 2017: Carrier, destroyer eyed for solid-state laser weapon system testing

11 January 2017

Key Points

  • LWSD is scheduled to be tested on SDTS in 2018
  • Plans are being explored for installation on a carrier or destroyer

The US Navy (USN) is drawing up plans to a put a prototype 100-150 kW class solid-state laser weapon on an operational warship, the service's director of surface warfare has revealed.

Speaking at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium on 10 January, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, N96 in OPNAV, said the navy would develop its plans for high-energy laser deployment over the coming months. This follows the initial 'quick reaction capability' deployment of the 30 kW-class AN/SEQ-3 (XN-1) Laser Weapon System (LaWS) on USS Ponce since mid-2014.

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