Navy successfully test-fires new laser weapon off Yemen coast: report

December 15, 2021   |   Tags: ,
The US Navy successfully tested a laser weapon and destroyed a floating target in the Gulf of Aden​ — indicating the system could be deployed to target drone boats used by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to a new report. The USS Portland fired the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator on Tuesday in the waterway that separates the Arabian peninsula from ​Africa, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.​ The Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in the Middle East, said the laser “successfully engaged” the target.​​ In May 2020, the USS Portland used a laser to down a drone. ​​