Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran by Thom Shanker April 8, 2013, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/world/navy-deploying-laser-weapon-prototype-in-persian-gulf.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130409&_r=0
[Excerpted] — The Navy is going to sea for the first time with a laser attack weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones.
A prototype shipboard laser will be deployed on a converted amphibious transport and docking ship in the Persian Gulf…
…The laser is designed to carry out a graduated scale of missions, from burning through a fast-attack boat or a drone to producing a nonlethal burst to “dazzle” an adversary’s sensors and render them useless without causing any other physical damage....[end]
Majia here: Great business for the DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, which profit from the means of mass destruction and lobby for ever more drones and exotic weaponry.