Navy Laser Gun Shoots down UAV

From the Navy press release ( 5/29/2010 )…

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), with support from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren, for the second time successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed a threat representative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) while in flight May 24 at San Nicholas Island, Calif.

This marks the first detect-thru-engage laser shoot-down of a threat representative target in an over-the-water, combat representative scenario.

A total of two UAV targets were engaged and destroyed in a maritime environment during the testing, the second series of successes for the U.S. Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Program.

Members of NAVSEA’s Directed Energy and Electric Weapon Systems (DE&EWS) Program Office (PMS 405), Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Raytheon Missile Systems, and NSWC Dahlgren fired a laser through a beam director on a KINETO Tracking Mount, controlled by a MK 15 Close In Weapon System (CIWS). This brings to a total of seven UAVs destroyed by the Surface Navy’s first tactical development for fielding a Directed Energy weapon system.

Many thanks to AccurateShooter for sending me the link.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Alex

    Living in the future is awesome!

  • AK™

    reminds me of those internet forum posts where someone puts in CAPS


    However this is a nice step forward in using a “laser” as a weapon.

  • SpudGun

    At last! My Death Ray is complete! Muwahaha!

  • Trango

    SWEET. God Bless the U.S. Navy. My only question, does it come with a picatinny adapter?

    • Trango, LOL, yea, its not tactical enough.

  • JC

    I bet it sounds like this:

  • Tylermar

    The terrorist better watch out now we got lasers lol

  • JoeB

    Give Apple a few years and this damn thing will be on the I phone

  • Redchrome

    The next project is to build a giant genetically-engineered cyborg shark on the head of which to mount this thing.

  • Don

    note the Penn State logo on the side of the main optics tube…