Sunday, November 21, 2010
Northrop Grumman's laser shows highly lethal and far-reaching
Tests of the MLD system (Maritime Laser Demonstration) U.S. Navy recently conducted in the Potomac River Test Range, confirmed the readiness of the laser weapon system to continue sea trials next year, according to Northrop Grumman Corporation, the principal contractor.
Operating from a fixed location on the earth, the weapon system MLD fired a laser beam into a series of fixed targets, including sections of small boats along the Potomac River. The laser crossed the sections of the boats in these tests, conducted in late August and early September.
When ready, the MLD can be used against asymmetric threats, missiles and UAVs.