The UK Releases a Dangerous Directed Energy Weapon…

Directed Energy Weapon

The UK has successfully fired a high-power laser weapon against aerial targets for the first time, marking a significant milestone in the country’s defense capabilities. The Ministry of Defence announced the achievement on Friday, revealing that the DragonFire system demonstrated its ability to hit a £1 coin from a kilometer away.

The DragonFire weapon, developed by a consortium of industry partners including MBDA, Leonardo, and QinetiQ, is a laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) that uses a high-energy laser beam to engage targets with pinpoint accuracy. The successful test took place at the Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides Range in Scotland, where the laser was fired at aerial targets in a controlled environment.

The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) worked closely with industry partners to develop the DragonFire system, which is designed to provide a cost-effective and flexible solution for engaging a variety of threats. The high-power laser weapon is capable of engaging targets at the speed of light, making it an attractive option for future defense applications.

The successful test of the DragonFire system represents a major step forward for the UK’s defense industry, as it seeks to maintain its position as a leading innovator in the field of directed energy weapons. With further development and refinement, the DragonFire weapon could play a key role in enhancing the UK’s ability to protect its interests both at home and abroad.

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2 Replies to “The UK Releases a Dangerous Directed Energy Weapon…

  1. This weapon must NEVER be allowed to fall into the hands of “public hobbyists”; you know, the kind of people who like to blind pilots, in flight, with laser beams. For the love of heaven, KEEP THIS WITHIN MILITARY CONTROL and NO ONE ELSE>

  2. It’s important to keep in mind that with very powerful lasers, reflection becomes an issue as well. For example, if you have a reasonably powerful laser pointer and you point it at a nearby object, you notice that the intensity of the light reflected back to your eyes (which is how you perceive the laser dot) easily results in glare in your vision. And that’s just with an unfocused laser that is orders of magnitude weaker than a laser that can burn through, or even vaporize objects. The issue is, in the moment before it burns through an object, the laser beam is reflected by that surface in a direction largely influenced by the direction/angle of incidence of the laser beam, the roughness of the surface, the width of the beam, etc. Because these are often unpredictable and change moment to moment, it seems to me like a laser weapon would represent a significant risk factor of collateral damage. This is purely a guess, btw.

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