Fighting pirates with lasers

by JGordon on Apr. 11th, 2011

Usually images from the future don't come rendered in oil: Usually.
Usually images from the future don't come rendered in oil: Usually.Courtesy Ambroise-Louis Garneray
What do pirates hate? Lasers. I mean, duh.

So, naturally, the US Navy has developed a high energy laser that can be mounted on a ship and used to fight off attacking boats. The laser can disable outboard engines by setting them on fire. That's the other thing pirates hate: fire. Ha ha!

PS—Not that lasers aren't awesome, and not that I advocate more shooting things with guns, but how is this better than shooting things with guns? Any laser enthusiasts out there? Pirates? Pirate enthusiasts? Sailors? Explain!

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