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U.S. Navy’s New Laser Could Put Pressure On Pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya — A ship-based laser tested by the U.S. Navy’s research arm could put the heat on Somali pirates.The Navy for the first time last week successfully tested a solid-state high-energy laser from a ship. The beam, which was …

NAIROBI, Kenya — A ship-based laser tested by the U.S. Navy’s research arm could put the heat on Somali pirates.

The Navy for the first time last week successfully tested a solid-state high-energy laser from a ship. The beam, which was aimed at a boat moving through turbulent Pacific Ocean waters, set the target’s engine on fire.

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