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This still image taken from video shows a remote-controlled target aircraft as it is hit by the Laser Weapon System (LaWS).
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PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 4, 2012) This still image taken from video shows a remote-controlled target aircraft as it is hit by the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) during an exercise conducted by a technical team from the Naval Surface Weapons Center Dahlgren Division and managed & funded by the Office of Naval Research ONR), Naval Sea Systems Command, The Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and supported by U.S. Fleet Forces Command. LaWS is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. LaWS can be directed onto targets from the radar track obtained from a MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon system or other targeting source. The Office of Naval Research's Solid State Laser (SSL) portfolio includes LaWS development and upgrades providing a quick reaction capability for the fleet with an affordable SSL weapon prototype. This capability provides Navy ships a method for Sailors to easily defeat small boat threats and aerial targets without using bullets. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

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