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Laser Weapon System Successfully Deployed Aboard USS Ponce

11 déc. 2014 US Navy

All Hands Update December 11, 2014 #3
The Office of Naval Research announced the laser weapon sytem, or LAWS, successfully deployed and operated aboard a Naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf.

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9 décembre 2014 2 09 /12 /décembre /2014 21:20
Laser Weapon System (LaWS) demonstration aboard USS Ponce


9 déc. 2014 US Navy


Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Operational demonstration aboard USS Ponce (AFS(I) 15). (U.S. Navy video/Released)

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5 novembre 2014 3 05 /11 /novembre /2014 08:30
Les Belges luttent contre les mines dans le golfe Persique

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04/11/2014 Hubert Rubbens -  MIL.be


Une équipe belgo-néerlandaise de la Marine est embarquée sur le navire de commandement USS Ponce depuis le 19 octobre. Elle participe à l'exercice international de lutte contre les mines dans le golfe Persique et le détroit d'Ormuz.


L'International Mine Countermeasures Exercice (IMCMEX), qui en est à sa quatrième édition, compte 44 pays participants et est dirigé depuis la base navale américaine de Manama au Bahreïn. En marge des opérations de sécurisation des voies navigables, la lutte contre les mines est le véritable enjeu de l'exercice.


Le golfe Persique est divisé en plusieurs zones dans lesquelles tous les pays effectuent chaque semaine divers exercices de lutte contre les mines avec le concours de l'équipe belgo-néerlandaise de l'Amirauté Benelux (ABNL). Grâce à une excellente collaboration avec les officiers japonais au sein de l'état-major, deux mines ont déjà été localisées par un chasseur japonais dans la zone d'entraînement ABNL. Malheureusement, plusieurs exercices ont dû être annulés en raison du passage d'un cyclone tropical qui s'est formé dans le Nord du golfe Persique.

Les Belges luttent contre les mines dans le golfe PersiqueLes Belges luttent contre les mines dans le golfe Persique
Les Belges luttent contre les mines dans le golfe Persique
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11 avril 2014 5 11 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) installed aboard USS Dewey. Photo U.S. Navy

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) installed aboard USS Dewey. Photo U.S. Navy


9 April 2014 naval-technology.com


US Navy engineers are performing final adjustments to a new laser-weapon prototype that will be installed onboard an operational US Navy vessel for the first time later this summer.


The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be deployed on the US Navy's Austin-class amphibious transport dock, USS Ponce, for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf.


During tests aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewe, the LaWS system was successfully used against a surveillance drone and fast boats.


Naval research chief Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder said that the LaWS is a revolutionary capability.


"Spending about $1 per shot of a directed-energy source that never runs out gives us an alternative to firing costly munitions at inexpensive threats," Klunder said.


The US Office of Naval Research, the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Research Laboratory have worked together to make ship-borne laser weapons a reality.


A team of navy engineers and scientists, working under the ONR Quick Reaction Capability programme, have upgraded LaWS for its deployment on USS Ponce. They have also demonstrated that targets tracked with the existing Phalanx Close-In weapon can be handed over to the laser's systems easily.


During the USS Ponce deployment, data will be gathered on accuracy, lethality and other factors, which will guide the development of further laser weapons for the US Navy under ONR's Solid-State Laser - Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) programme.


ONR SSL-TM programme manager Peter Morrison said: "We are in the midst of a pivotal transition with a technology that will keep our sailors and marines safe and well-defended for years to come.


"We believe the deployment on Ponce and SSL-TM will pave the way for a future acquisition programme of record so we can provide this capability across the fleet."

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9 avril 2013 2 09 /04 /avril /2013 11:20
US Navy laser cannon shoots down drone in latest test


09 Apr 2013 telegraph.co.uk (AFP)


The US Navy says it is preparing to roll out a sea-based laser weapon capable of disabling small enemy vessels and shooting down surveillance drones in what is being hailed as a potential "game-changer".


 Washington - The laser system will be deployed in 2014, two years ahead of schedule, aboard the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship retrofitted as a waterborne staging base, the Navy said Monday.


Chief of Naval Research Admiral Matthew Klunder said the cost of one blast of "directed energy" could be less than $1.


"Compare that to the hundreds of thousands of dollars it costs to fire a missile, and you can begin to see the merits of this capability," he said in a US Navy statement.


The Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Naval Sea Systems Command successfully tested high-energy lasers against a moving target ship and a remotely piloted drone.


"The future is here," ONR official Peter Morrision said.


"The solid-state laser is a big step forward to revolutionizing modern warfare with directed energy, just as gunpowder did in the era of knives and swords."


The laser runs on electricity, so the weapon "can be fired as long as there is power," and is a lot safer than carrying explosives aboard ships.


The New York Times, which said the USS Ponce would deploy to the Gulf, noted the Pentagon had a "long history of grossly inflating" claims for experimental weapons.


Navy officials had acknowledged that the prototype laser was not yet strong enough to bring down a jet fighter or a missile, although those remained the long-term targets, the newspaper reported.


A March 14 report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Center said the new weapon was a potential game-changer in naval warfare.


"Compared to existing ship self-defense systems, such as missiles and guns, lasers could provide Navy surface ships with a more cost effective means of countering certain surface, air, and ballistic missile targets," the report read.


Equipping Navy ships with lasers "could lead to changes in naval tactics, ship design and procurement plans for ship-based weapons, bringing about a technological shift for the Navy - a 'game changer' - comparable to the advent of shipboard missiles in the 1950s," it added.

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