The report said: “Navy surface ships would use high-energy solid state lasers initially for countering small boats, UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and potentially in the future for countering ASCMs [anti-ship cruise missiles] and ASBMs [anti-ship ballistic missiles].
“They would be short-range defensive weapons. They would counter targets at ranges of about one mile to perhaps eventually a few miles.”
Why short range? Ah, yes, obviously, silly me. Since the days of the big battleships much of a naval battle takes place beyond the horizon, out of the line of sight…..