The LaWS (Laser Weapon System) is a directed-energy weapon engineered by the United States Navy. The laser weapon is intended to be mounted on the USS Ponce for field testing in late 2013 or earlier in 2014. In 2010, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions were awarded an 11-million-dollar contract to build up LaWS with regard to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) for the U .S. Navy’s Directed Energy and Electric Weapon Systems (DE&EWS) program. The May 2012 NSWC evaluation used a CIWS control system to make possible the beam director to track the UAV target.
The proposed use of the LaWS is ship-defense against drones or even small-boat attackers. The LaWS at the moment is not meant to respond to incoming missiles, huge aircraft, ships, or submerged objects. LaWS makes use of a solid-state infrared beam which is usually tuned to high output to eliminate the target or low output to caution or damage the sensors of a target . Among the features of this device compared to projectile weapons is the inexpensive per shot, since each firing of the weapon needs basically the little cost of producing the energetic pulse when compared to the projectile weapons must be developed, managed, as well as transported, occupy space for storage, and maintenance.