A prototype laser self-defense weapon is to be deployed on a U.S. Navy ship in the Gulf of Arabia early next year for an operational demonstration. The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) will be integrated onto the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, which is permanently stationed in the Gulf. The deployment is expected to last six months, during which the Navy plans to conduct live-fire tests, but also have the weapon available for use operationally against hostile fast-attack craft and ...


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