We have previously used extremely loud sounds in order to cause disorientation and possibly even knock out pirates, but now we have something even more awesome. Thanks to BAE we now have lasers in which to combat these pirates. The laser works by blinding the incoming pirates from up to half of a mile away. This gives it an impressive range and with it’s disorienting effects it should give the ship enough time to get away from the pirates. The laser works in a way similar to attacking a fighter pilot from the direction of the sun. This causes the pirates to be blinded by the light and it has the effect of disorienting them. The laser is classified as a non lethal weapon, but there are still many steps to be taken before this laser can be used on commercial ships.

Sources: Engadget BBC