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A 60 kW Helios laser cannon was installed on the American destroyer Preble. It can shoot down drones and blind aircraft optical systems.

Progress in military technology cannot be stopped: traditional weapons systems are being replaced by advanced ones, including laser ones. For example, the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer lost its traditional cannon – instead, a HELIOS laser emitter developed by Lockheed Martin was installed.

A 60-kilowatt laser was installed aboard the ship a few weeks ago. It is placed on a platform originally intended for the 20-mm Vulcan cannon of the Mark 15 Phalanx CIWS naval anti-aircraft artillery system.

A 60 kW Helios laser cannon was installed on the American destroyer Preble. It can shoot down drones and blind aircraft optical systems.

Reportedly, the laser system can blind the optical systems of enemy aircraft and ships. The power is relatively small, but such a system is quite capable of shooting down small drones and destroying boats. Lockheed Martin has already agreed with the US Navy to install another HELIOS emitter on a second Arleigh Burke-class ship.

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