Navy/Raytheon working on 100kW weaponized laser: cue the 'pew-pew' sound effects

Raytheon has just been granted a one-year contract from the Navy for the preliminary design of a 100-kiloWatt FEL (Fee Electron Laser) for warships. The laser beams could be used against missiles, airplanes, or even boats. Take that, you silly pirates.

Once designed, the naval operators could adjust the wavelength of the laser, which wasn't possible with conventional lasers. This helps compensate for the varying humidity associated with ship-borne situations.

This one-year preliminary design phase is one-third of a $150-million project. Do you think they could work along with the similar project that the Army's working on? Nah… that might actually save tax-payer dollars.

Via Popular Mechanics