Images from a test of a high-energy laser munition that “effectively” hit a floating target in the Gulf of Aden were released by the U.S. Navy recently.
The laser was shot from the USS Portland, a San Antonio-class aquatic transit dock. The laser was likewise used to decimate a drone in May 2020, which was a first-of-its-kind experiment with such a weapon, USNI News said.
Bring out THE LASERS 💥 #USSPortland conducted a high-energy #laser weapon system demonstration on a static surface training target, Dec. 14, while sailing in the Gulf of Aden. #NavyCapability pic.twitter.com/AasAmjDDV1
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) December 15, 2021
According to the Times of San Diego, a $23 million facility in California’s Ventura County was officially opened by the Navy on Tuesday, December 14th.
The publication said the Directed Energy Systems Integration Laboratory is a 1,500-square-foot structure which can be used to test and evaluate munitions on its ceiling and inside the facility.
According to Vance Brahosky, the deputy project leader of the Naval Surface Combat Center’s Port Hueneme Division, the pace of warfare accelerated substantially in recent years.
He said speed-of-light laser innovation is one of the effective methods the fleet can use to fight and win. The device demonstrated might be used to fight bomb-laden drone boats launched into the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
Iran escalating drone use to strike targets across the Middle East! https://t.co/DWVm1bN4jE
— Nasrin Saifi (@NassrinSaifi) December 18, 2021
U.S. Shoots Down Suspected Iranian-backed Militia Drone Over Syria
The U.S. military shot down a drone with violent intentions on December 14th as it approached a post in southeast Syria, home to 200 American personnel.
Two drones were spotted flying over the At Tanf Garrison Deconfliction Zone near the Iraq-Jordan-Syria border.
Capt. Bill Urban, the spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, told Fox News one of the two drones went farther into the area. It was shot out of the sky after it showed hostile intentions. The other drone moved out of the way.
There were no fatalities or damage to the buildings or grounds, in Urban’s words. Secondly, another military official told Fox the drone was knocked down in an air-to-air strike.
A representative in the military said they were thought to have been released by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups in the area.
The United States still has much military power in the Middle East. Tens of thousands of American troops are stationed in Kuwait, sail through the Strait of Hormuz, and fly operations over the Arabian Peninsula.
There are issues about the dedication of the U.S. military to Afghanistan after a messy withdrawal, and there are fears about an aggressive Russia and China.
The U.S. has already been attempting to get Iran to opt back into the Obama-era nuclear deal scrapped by the Trump administration in 2018. The U.S. has been at a diplomatic dead end.
A few weeks earlier, Robert Malley, the U.S. emissary for Iran, said if Iran keeps making progress, it will be inconceivable, even if America goes back to the JCPOA to get the benefits.