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Britain test fires its first high-energy laser weapon

The DragonFire laser weapon
The DragonFire laser weapon
MoD

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it successfully test fired Britain’s first high-powered, long-range laser directed energy weapon (LDEW), called DragonFire, on October 17 at the Porton Down science park test range in Wiltshire.

The recent demonstration trials by the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) were the second in a series designed to show that the technological hurdles needed for Britain to build a home-grown high-energy laser weapon have been cleared.

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