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U.S. Navy Deploys Counter-UAS Laser

The U.S. Navy installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN), which, more simply put, is a laser weapon designed to counter unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Unlike hard-kill laser systems already used by the Navy on its vessels, ODIN uses a dazzling laser to confuse systems sensors and cameras, or in manned systems, potentially cause glare in the pilot’s vision. ODIN underwent rapid development, moving from an approved idea to installation in a two-and-a-half-year period. This new system will allow the Navy to deploy a new capability to help safeguard ships from UAS threats. Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, James F. Geurts, said, “This is a great example of our organic talent at the warfare centers all working together with ship’s company to deliver a system which will provide game-changing capability.”

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