Fanta: Lasers, railguns must prove they can compete with current systems

By Justin Doubleday / March 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM
The admiral in charge of surface warfare developments says directed-energy lasers and electromagnetic railguns are "still a few years out" from being able to compete with the suite of weapons currently installed on Navy ships. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, the director of surface warfare in the office of the chief of naval operations (N96), says lasers and railguns have to earn their way aboard Navy ships. He added that he can't "completely gut" a ship just to accommodate one new...

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