The UK Department of Defense has awarded three contracts to develop demonstrators for ground and shipborne laser systems.
The main advantage of this type of weapon is practically unlimited ammunition. Since the emitting installation shoots until it stops receiving energy from the power source.
The British Department of Defense has awarded three contracts for the development of directed energy transmission weapon demonstrators. They plan to start testing them in 2023, and all work should be completed by 2025.
Thales UK, which has won two contracts, will develop a laser system for countering drones on board the frigate and also a demonstrator of the radio frequency system. The latter will have to keep track of air, land and sea targets. It will be installed on a MAN SV truck.
The third contract was awarded to Raytheon UK to create a laser demonstrator for the Wolfhound armored vehicle.
Now laser weapons need relatively high currents that conventional diesel generators or auxiliary power plants cannot always provide.