David Hambling Popular Mechanics February 4, 2020, 8:00 AM CST
Open-source budget documents, the earliest of which date back to 2011, show the Navy’s plans to arm Virginia-class nuclear subs with high-energy laser weapons. It’s a strange idea seeing as laser weapons definitely do not work underwater. Submarines are also quiet recluses by design, rarely popping their heads above water
But despite these glaring contradictions, experts talking to Popular Mechanics say a laser sub makes more sense than you might think.