British troops trying lasers in “new weapons program”


The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said on Tuesday that British troops would test laser and radio frequency weapons as part of a “new weapons program.”

MOD said it has signed three contracts with the UK industry worth about £ 72.5 million ($ 100 million) to manufacture advanced laser and radio frequency demonstrator as part of its “new weapons program.” ..

The ministry said these new weapons will be integrated into the existing platforms of the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy and will undergo user testing from 2023 to 2025.

The first laser device will be on board the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate to detect, track, engage and counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Laser demonstrator will be tested on British Army Wolfhound armored vehicles to test its ability against UAVs and other aerial threats.

The British Army will also test radio frequency demonstrator on MAN SV trucks to detect and track a variety of air, land and sea targets.

According to the mod, these “directed-energy weapons” are powered by electricity, operate without ammunition, significantly reduce operating costs, increase platform durability, and “unprecedented for frontline personnel.” Provides offensive and defensive flexibility.

“These technologies have the potential to revolutionize the future battlefields of our army, allowing new targets to be prosecuted in the land, sea and air territories, allowing commanders to carry out mission objectives in new ways. “Make it possible to achieve,” said MOD Simon Fima, director of the strategic program.

Defense Minister Jeremy Quinn said the new weapon is “a key element of future equipment programs and will lead the world in the research, manufacture and implementation of this next-generation technology.”

Fima said the mod is determined to “take advantage of cutting-edge technology developed by talented scientists and engineers across the UK at a pace.”

The ministry outlined the move to high-power laser and radio-frequency weapons in the Defense Command, which guarantees that the British Army will be equipped with the best equipment ready to deal with emerging threats. We reaffirm our commitment. “

The Defense Command, issued in March, was claimed as the largest shake-up to British troops since the Cold War.

Simon Veazey contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan