U.s test laser weapon
Posted on Jan 29, 2022
By Mayur shukla
Published in News
U.S Test Laser Weapon
The U.S navy's announced it tested a laser weapon and destroyed a floating target in West Asia, a system that could be used to counter bomb- laden drone boats deployed by Yemen's Houthi rebels in Red Sea.
The test saw the USS Portland test fire it's laser weapon system demonstrator at the target in the Gulf of Adan, the body of water separating East Africa from the Arabian peninsula.
The navy's west Asia based 5th fleet described the laser as having successfully engaged the target in a statement. The Portland used the laser to bring down a flying drone in may 2020.
The Gulf of Adan sits along the Southern coast of war- torn Yemen, which has been it war since Iranian backed Houthi rebels seized its capital, sanaa in 2014.
A soudi led coalition entered the conflict in March 2015 , but the stalemate conflict has dragged on for years, becoming the world's worst humanitarian disaster and killing an estimated 1,10,000 .
The war also has bled into the surrounding waterways like the Red Sea and the Babel Mandeb, which connect the sea of the Gulf of Adan. These waterways lead to the Suez canal and onto the Mediterranean Sea, the Houthi have deployed drone boats into these water, which can be piloted remotely and sent up to a target before detonating. These boats are suspected of being built with Iran's help.
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