Nightly News   |  April 08, 2013

Navy tests new laser cannon

In a new video released by the Navy, the laser is shown obliterating a low-flying drone. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>> of a new weapon the u.s. navy has been testing. a ship-mounted laser cannon that can destroy aircraft. the video released today shows a low-flying drone that gets turned into a fireball, eventually plunging into the sea after being hit by the invisible beam. remember aimed from a ship at sea and under way. the navy says the laser could be deployed for real as soon as next year.