Sea Systems Command, with support from Naval Surface Warfare Center
Dahlgren, for the second time successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed
a threat representative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle while in flight. This
marks the first Detect-Thru-Engage laser shoot-down of a threat representative
target in an over-the-water, combat representative scenario. Comments
left by low-information viewers criticize the accomplishment because
a slow-flying drone target was used vs. a real-life target like a missile.
These are the same types who said the Strategic Defense Initiative
(aka 'Star Wars') would never work, but
now the technology regularly intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into
Israel. Moving object tracking and targeting systems, among other aspects
of the research, has benefitted many technologies from automatic car
parking to Earth-threatening asteroid monitoring, and, eventually, interception.