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(NEWSER) – The US Navy has completed some pretty historic target practice, yesterday announcing that it has for the first time successfully deployed its laser weapon system from aboard a naval vessel. In a release, it calls the use of the "cutting-edge weapon" historic in more ways than one: the demonstrations, completed aboard the USS Ponce between September and November, didn't just prove that the laser works. (Specifically, it was able to hit targets affixed to a speeding boat and optically dazzle and later take down a drone, as shown in a video released by the Navy.) LaWS did so "seamlessly with existing ship defense systems," even on occasions where the weather was poor—windy, or exceptionally hot or humid.

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