It may sound like sci-fi, but lasers are definitely the future of warfare. As are drones. So what could be better than to see them go up against each other in a blaze of explosive glory? Looks like in the rock-paper-scissors game of modern combat, laser beats drone.
This is the future of warfare. And it's so, so cool.
The US military has been toying with lasers for a while now. The US Air Force is considering them as weapons on future fighters and bombers, and Lockheed Martin has been working to make them a source of fuel for drones. The US Navy? It just likes to shoot stuff with 'em.
The seafarers have been testing the tediously named Laser Weapons System (LaWS) for a few years now, and this isn't the first time it's ever blown something out of the sky. It is the most spectacular look we've gotten yet, though. In this video released by the US Navy yesterday, we see the LaWS using its six-laser cannon focusing a fiery beam of destruction on its poor target. Not something you want to be on the receiving end of. [US Navy via Reddit]