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US Navy fires laser weapon in Mideast amid drone boat threat | Defense News

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The Navy stated on Wednesday that it has successfully tested a laser weapon in the Middle East, a device that may be used to confront Yemen’s Houthi rebels’ bomb-laden drone vessels in the Red Sea. The Portland, an amphibious transport dock ship, fired its Laser Weapon System Demonstrator at a target in the Gulf of Aden, the waterway that separates East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Navy’s 5th Fleet in the Middle East said the laser “effectively engaged” the target. In May 2020, Portland utilized the laser to shoot down a flying drone. The Gulf of Aden runs along Yemen’s southern coast, where the country has been at war since Houthi rebels supported by Iran took the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/news/your-navy/2021/12/15/us-navy-fires-laser-weapon-in-mideast-amid-drone-boat-threat/

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