Raytheon UK was awarded a demonstrator contract to deliver a HEL weapon system to the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) last September.  It is to be installed on a Wolfhound ground vehicle - a six-wheeled heavy armored truck used by the British Army

Britain is testing Star Wars-style LASER weapons to fire drones and rockets from the sky

Britain will start testing Star Wars-style laser weapons that can shoot down drones and rockets from up to six miles away.

Defense company Raytheon UK has announced the opening of an advanced laser integration center in Livingston, West Lothian next year.

He said the new European hub will focus on “testing, fielding and maintaining defensive high-energy laser (HEL) weapons”.

Weapons will be designed to take down drones, rockets, artillery, and mortars with just a highly focused beam of light.

Raytheon UK was awarded a demonstrator contract to deliver a HEL weapon system to the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) last September. It is to be installed on a Wolfhound ground vehicle – a six-wheeled heavy armored truck used by the British Army

The British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for a six-month trial in the spring of 2023. It will be capable of destroying unmanned aerial vehicles and hostile drones with the essentially unlimited and free ammunition of a laser beam of 15 kilowatts.

The British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for a six-month trial in the spring of 2023. It will be capable of destroying unmanned aerial vehicles and hostile drones with the essentially unlimited and free ammunition of a laser beam of 15 kilowatts.

How will laser weapons work?

The system will use an electro-optical/infrared sensor to detect enemy drones up to six miles away, with a 360 degree view.

Once a threat is detected, a laser operator will be able to fire the beam at the target and disarm it in 2-12 seconds.

The modular system can be mounted on vehicles or installed in a fixed position from a building.

The announcement comes after Raytheon UK was awarded a demonstrator contract to deliver a HEL weapon system to the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) last September.

It must be installed on a Wolfhound land vehicle – a six-wheeled heavy armored truck used by the British army.

Michael Hofle, Senior Director of High Energy Lasers at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, said: “We have all seen that asymmetric threats like drones, rockets, artillery and mortars are a serious problem, and demand is growing. for profitable lasers to defeat their,

“The establishment of an advanced integration facility in the UK reflects the maturity of our technology and our commitment to delivering the HEL systems our customers need to defend the skies.”

Experts have predicted that high-energy lasers could account for up to 30% of air defense infrastructure in the future.

The Demonstration Laser and Advanced Laser Integration Center are intended to help modernize the British Army.

This goal was set out in the “Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy”, published in March last year.

The government has announced it will commit £6.6 billion in defense funding over the next four years to research and develop new weapons, such as hypersonic missiles and laser weapons.

John Gallagher, Managing Director of Weapons and Sensors at Raytheon UK, said: “The establishment of a Regional Laser Integration Center in the UK is an important step in delivering advanced defensive technology where it is needed, while reducing the overall costs of these systems,

“This center will help position the UK as a leading nation in directed energy and ensure the technology continues to move out of the lab and into the field.”

The British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for a six-month trial in spring 2023.

The Advanced Laser Integration Center will be located in Livingston, West Lothian in Scotland

The Advanced Laser Integration Center will be located in Livingston, West Lothian in Scotland

It will be able to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles and hostile drones with the virtually unlimited and free ammo of a 15 kilowatt laser beam.

The system will use an electro-optical/infrared sensor to detect enemy drones up to six miles away, with a 360 degree view.

Once a threat is detected, a laser operator will be able to fire the beam at the target and disarm it in 2-12 seconds.

The modular system can be mounted on vehicles or installed in a fixed position from a building.

Toby Marshall, Head of Novel Weapons Capture at Raytheon UK, said: “There is a major cost gap in the amount of money we relatively have to spend defending against inexpensive threats,

“It’s easy for an adversary to launch 30-40 drones at the same cost as a defensive missile.

“But by having a very precise high energy laser or a directed energy system, where the cost per shot is significantly lower, you can defeat all swarms of these threats.

“That’s because, conventional weapons systems, you have an infinite arsenal.”

The government has announced it will commit £6.6billion in defense funding over the next four years to research and development of new weapons, such as hypersonic missiles and laser weapons (stock image)

The government has announced it will commit £6.6billion in defense funding over the next four years to research and development of new weapons, such as hypersonic missiles and laser weapons (stock image)

While the laser itself will come from overseas, much of the demonstrator’s capability, including the command and control system, external radar tracker, GPS antenna and on-vehicle integration, will be developed in the UK.

The trial aims to see how the system could improve the nation’s capabilities and understanding of high-energy laser weapons.

Alex Rose-Parfitt, Technical Director of Raytheon UK, said: “High energy lasers are moving from the lab to the field.

“We are partnering with the MOD to accelerate this technology in development and make it available to the British Army.

“This demonstration program will show how the use of high-energy laser weapons could help protect soldiers against drones.

“By 2025, we will have placed the country at the forefront of this emerging technology, equipping Britain’s frontline armed forces with the best affordable sovereign solutions.”

Britain will use LASERS to track the location of satellites orbiting the Earth and prevent them from colliding

Britain will use new laser technology to track the location of satellites orbiting the Earth and prevent their collision.

The first test satellite is set to launch from Spaceport Cornwall later this summer.

The system, developed by British start-up Lumi Space, works by beaming pulses of laser light from Earth to an object in space and timing how long it takes for the light to bounce back.

It is billed as a “simple but powerful method that uses light to track satellites”, and aims to combat space debris by issuing ultra-accurate collision warnings.

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British technology that uses lasers to track the movements of satellites orbiting Earth is to be launched into space later this summer

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