HEL on High Water: The Top Navy Laser Weapon Systems

The concept of using lasers for maritine applications is growing among the world's superpowers. What navy laser weapon systems are currently in development? Credit US Navy/John F. Williams

The concept of using lasers for maritine applications is growing among the world's superpowers. What navy laser weapon systems are currently in development? Credit US Navy/John F. Williams

April 23, 2019 | Source: Naval Technology, Talal Husseini, 1 April 2019

The concept of using high-energy and directed lasers for naval military applications is gathering pace among the world’s superpowers. What navy laser weapon systems are currently in development, what are the benefits, and when are they likely to become operational?

Across the world, armed forces have been developing navy laser weapon systems to use in battle. For example, the U.S. Navy’s HELIOS system has high energy, intelligence, and counter-UAV capabilities, while Russia claims its Filin 5P-42 can disorientate an enemy and induce vomiting.

What are the top navy laser weapon systems, why are they unique, and how far are we from seeing them in maritime battles?

Lockheed Martin reported it is pushing ahead with its efforts to deliver two High-Energy Laser and Intergrated Optical-Dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) systems to the U.S. Navy in 2020.

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