The US Navy is saying a prototype of the solid state Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is ready for deployment a true weapon of the future. It’s going to be Star Wars in the open sea. It’ll save boat loads of money. The lasers only need 30 kilowatts of energy and one sailor to operate it. Compare that to today, where Discover Magazine says current weaponry cost about $1.4 million a shot.
Lasers don’t work well when it’s rainy or dusty or cloudy but they can still do some damage.