Welcome to the wild world of laser warfare. The U.S. Navy is deploying a prototype of a new laser weapon that is said to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones. It will be set up in the Persian Gulf, which has been the site of tension between Iranian and American naval forces, but won't be in operation until next year, according to Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan W. Greenert. At the moment, it seems intended as a warning to Iran not to ramp up activity in the area as the nuclear program debate continues.
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