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Directed energy: laser weapon on board USS Portland
USS Portland, an amphibious dock ship that is part of the US Navy's fleet, is one of the early adopters of directed energy laser weapons - an emerging market segment that Coherent says it is now set to increase its focus on. Earlier this year, the Portland laser is said to have downed a drone successfully in its first at-sea trials. The laser system was provided by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Photo: US Navy/John F. Williams.
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