The US navy’s terrifying new weapon cost hundreds of millions, but it will be unlike anything the world has ever seen.
ThE US navy has bought two incredible laser cannons that are capable of blasting drones out of the sky.
These so-called “high-energy lasers” use huge amounts of power to destroy their targets, and will soon be loaded on to operational warships, reports The Sun.
The lasers were built by Lockheed Martin and can be used to strike boats and small drones.
But by boosting the power from 150kW per shot to 300kW, it’s possible to destroy incoming missiles — before they hit their targets.
The pair of cannons cost the US navy $192 million, but that’s a small fee for the added security the mega-lasers will bring.
One laser will remain on land, and will be used for military testing purposes.
The second laser cannon, however, will be loaded onto an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer ship as soon as 2020, according to Motherboard.