North Korea beware: US test new SECRET WEAPON 'more precise than a bullet'
US Navy crew shot down a drone aircraft with the deadly Laser Weapons System (LaWS) in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
Seanmen manning the USS Ponce hit the aircraft at 671mph with the £30million ($40million) state-of-the-art weapon.
The test, witnessed by CNN, may concern supreme leader Kim Jong-un as he continues his quest to intimidate the US with his weapons programme.
Analysts believe the communist state possesses an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching US shores.
The totalitarian nation is also thought to be developing a fleet of attack drones that could drop chemical weapons on “far away” enemies.
But US defence chiefs believe the “versatile” LaWS system, which can be fired at 50,000 times the speed of an incoming ICBM, could be a possible deterrent to all threats in the future.
Christopher Wells, captain of the USS Ponce, told CNN LaWS can currently be used against a range of targets, from aircraft to tanks on the ground.
He said: “It is more precise than a bullet.
“It's not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it's only good against air contacts, or it's only good against surface targets, or it's only good against, you know, ground-based targets – in this case this is a very versatile weapon, it can be used against a variety of targets
He said the US Navy is already developing a second generation LaWS system that could intercept missiles.
Christopher said those missions are classified but he is aware of the weapons’ potential capabilities.
When asked if he could shoot down a missile already, he replied “maybe”.
He said the weapon, which costs “one dollar a shot”, works by “throwing massive amounts of photons at an incoming object.”
He added: “We don't worry about wind, we don't worry about range, we don't worry about anything else. We're able to engage the targets at the speed of light."
The test comes after Pentagon defence bosses and allies Australia test-fired a hypersonic missile.
Video released from the launch shows the incredible rocket screaming through the skies after a launch in the town of Woomera, Australia.
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