美海军高能激光武器首次海试成功击落无人机(英文)

2020-05-23 智邦网

编译 致远

据sputniknews2020年5月22日报道,最近,美国海军用固体激光系统“技术成熟激光武器系统演示器” (LWSD)击落一架无人机,标志着美军数十年来定向能武器研发取得突破。

5月22日,美太平洋舰队宣布,波特兰号两栖运输船(LPD 27)在5月16日LWSD MK 2的首次海上试验中击落无人机。由诺斯诺普•格努曼公司和海军研究局研制的LWSD被称为“第一个系统级高能固体激光器”。

美海军于2019年12月部署LWSD。波特兰号演示验证将试验一系列武器系统部件,包括冷却设备、动力系统和光束控制器。

USS Portland’s High-Powered Laser Disables Drone in Weapon’s First At-Sea Test

The US Navy’s recent downing of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) via its Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) signals advancement in Washington’s decades-long development of directed-energy weapons.

The Navy’s Pacific Fleet announced Friday that its amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled a UAV during the first at-sea test of the LWSD MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16.

“By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats,” noted Capt. Karrey Sanders, commanding officer of the Portland.

Official Navy footage uploaded to YouTube by USNI News shows the May 16 demonstration in question.

The LWSD, developed by US defense contractor Northrop Grumman and the Office of Naval Research, was lauded in the release as “the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser.”

While the Navy and Northrop Grumman have remained tight-lipped about the system until now, The Drive previously highlighted the Navy’s installation of the LWSD in December 2019 after photos emerged on social media showing an upgraded USS Portland.

The outlet’s December report detailed that the Portland’s demonstration – delayed after being originally scheduled for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 – would test a number of components for the weapons system, including its cooling equipment, power generation and beam director.

“The US Navy has been developing directed-energy weapons (DEWs), to include lasers, since the 1960s,” noted the Pacific Fleet’s Friday release. “The Navy’s development of DEWs like the LWSD, provide immediate warfighter benefits and provide the commander increased decision space and response options.”

Sanders asserted that the advanced capabilities provided by the LWSD assist in the service’s redefinition of war at sea.


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