US Navy researchers wanted to test their high-powered solid-state laser, so they mounted the “Maritime Laser Demonstrator, a solid-state laser, aboard the USS Paul Foster, a decommissioned destroyer.” Continue reading for the video.

Off the central California coast near San Nicholas Island on Wednesday, the laser fired a 15-kilowatt beam at an inflatable motorboat a mile away as both ships moved through the sea.

[via EngadgetWired]