The US Navy (USN) remains on course with programmes to outfit its surface fleet with laser weapons with a recent installation of one system aboard a guided-missile destroyer, plans to put another system aboard a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and proposed budget funding for shipboard lasers in the coming fiscal year.
USN surface warfare officers and planners are looking for lasers to combat emerging threats, such as unmanned aerial vehicle swarms.
The USN recently installed the first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), a laser-weapon system that allows a ship to counter unmanned aerial systems, on the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) during its recently completed Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability, the service confirmed on 20 February.
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