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Laser weapons can hit at the speed of light, and they are quickly deploying to each potential fighting domain, whether on property, at the atmosphere , and in sea. But what about beneath the sea?

Open-source funding documents, the oldest of which date back to 2011, reveal the Navy’s plans to arm Virginia-class nuclear subs with high performance laser weapons. It is a strange idea seeing as laser weapons certainly don’t work underwater. Their heads are silent recluses by design popping above water

But despite these glaring contradictions, pros speaking to Popular Mechanics state a laser sub makes more sense than you may think.

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