The OBVP in use now, made by DRS Technologies, can generate 30 kW of continuous power while the vehicle is stationary and the engine is running or about 10 kW on the move.
Some of the laser system's detection and tracking components have already been tested on drones "of all sizes," according to the press release. Navy researchers plan to test a 10-kW laser against more targets later this year, with the aim of building up to a 30-kW laser.
The Navy's interest in laser weapons extends across both land and sea. In April, the Office of Naval Research announced plans to install a laser weapon aboard the USS Ponce transport ship for testing in the Persian Gulf this summer. Such a laser has already proven it can destroy drones and small boats.
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