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VIDEO: Laser locks in on small-boat targets

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From recreational boats to military craft, marine technology continues to advance at a rapid pace.

For example, a laser beam taking out a boat from a mile away seems like something from a 1950s sci-fi movie — or at least it used to seem that way.

In recent tests off the California coast, a Lockheed Martin prototype laser system successfully disabled two boats at a range of about a mile in the first tests of the manufacturer’s Area Defense Anti-Munitions system against maritime targets.

Lockheed Martin is developing the transportable, ground-based ADAM laser system to demonstrate a practical, affordable defense against short-range threats, including Qassam-like rockets, unmanned aerial systems and small boats.

During the testing in early May, the ground-based system’s invisible high-energy laser burned through multiple compartments of the unmanned rubber hull of military-grade small boats operating in the ocean in less than 30 seconds.

The system can precisely track moving targets at a range of more than 3 miles and its 10-kilowatt fiber laser can engage targets as far as 1.2 miles away, Lockheed Martin said in a press release announcing its latest development in long-range destruction.

To us, it seems that drug running and terrorism just became more dangerous vocations.


And the Wait for New Boats Goes On

Ninety-five percent of marine dealers say they waited at least a month to get new-boat orders filled in August, and 35 percent say they experienced lead times of more than three months.

Consumer confidence at record highs

The economic indicator that Navico CEO Leif Ottosson watches first and foremost is consumer confidence, and The Conference Board’s measure of the American consumer’s mood delivered good news to Navico and the rest of the recreational marine industry at the end of August.