During 2019, British industry will demonstrate a directed-energy laser weapon for potential use on land and sea. But the team behind the UK’s Dragonfire industry consortium developing the weapon is also beginning to consider how such a weapon could be mounted onto a future combat aircraft. Dragonfire will demonstrate a fiber laser with a 50 kW output in 2019 tests. Laser will put a focused beam the size of an English penny 5 km away. The UK’s vision for a future combat ...

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