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Laser Used at Sea to Set Boat Afire

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ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2011 — The Navy and Northrop Grumman have successfully tested a solid-state, high-energy laser (HEL) from a surface ship, using it to set a smaller target vessel on fire. The Office of Naval Research said the April 6 test of the Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD) validated the laser’s potential to provide advanced self-defense for ships and their crews by keeping small boat threats at a safe distance. The Office of Naval Research successfully disables a small target vessel using a solid-state, high-energy laser mounted onto the deck of the Navy's self-defense test ship, former USS...Read full article

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