(NEWSER– Navy officials announced a new laser weapon today, saying it's designed to destroy small boats and send aerial vehicles crashing into the sea, Fox News reports. A prototype will be mounted on the USS Ponce and tried out in the 5th fleet region of the Middle East next year. The Navy also released a video of the laser locking on an unmanned drone and causing it to catch fire and crash. "It operates much like a blowtorch ... with an unlimited magazine," said an official.

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