THE US Navy will mount a laser weapon onto a top-class warship, defence officials confirmed.
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Crucially, the prototype will not be used in combat, but may pave the way for high-tech lasers that will be used during warfare.
Captain Brian Metcalfe said: “They’ve got what I call ‘power modules’ that control the laser that will just fit in those open and reserve weight spaces and then the laser itself gets bolted onto the deck.
“It’s not going to be integrated into the warfare system, it won’t be providing tracking data or classification data.
He added: “But for now it’s a bolt-on, it’s designed to be a temporary thing.”
The US has pumped billions into its military and navy over fears it could go to war with China.
US-China relations boffin Zhang Yancheng said the countries’ tense relationship risked throwing the world into a harrowing nuclear conflict.
He said: “A key issue for 2018 is whether we can avoid international conflicts and confrontation, and the relationship between China and the US will largely decide if the world can move past the current globalisation interlude.”
Trump, aged 71, will undergo his first presidential physical examination at the Walter Reed Medical Centre in Maryland later today.