The UK Ministry of Defence presented his new laser weapon what he called DragonFire. The agency noted in a statement that its range is classified, but it is so accurate that it can effectively shoot a 20-millimeter coin from a kilometer away without a problem.
DragonFire can attack targets at the speed of light, so it can destroy anything inside it within seconds or cause the structure to fail. Especially when it comes to warheads, because it is known the front part of projectiles that are often used in military conflicts.
It is the first UK-made high-powered laser weapon with long ranges. Authorities tested it at a shooting range at the Ministry of Defense in Scotland and achieved the first shot against aerial targets, although no further details were given.
This type of weapon is also useful for tracking moving air and sea targets with high accuracy at long ranges.
In addition to its millimeter accuracy, Dragon Fire has the potential to be a long-term, affordable alternative to replace some missile tasks.
In this sense, the Minister of Defense Grant Shapps noted that the use of DragonFire will reduce the reliance on expensive ammunition and the risk of collateral damage.
DragonFire is worth 100 million euros
The DragonFire is manufactured by the United Kingdom’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and its creation is considered a landmark event for the use of this technology as part of the country’s air defense capabilities. Its development is the result of an investment of 100 million euros provided by the Ministry and the industry.
Likewise, Shapps emphasized the importance of making investments with industry partners in advanced technologies to maintain the advantage that ensures victories in battles and to keep the country safe.
For that reason, the Ministry of Defense announced the intention of funding a multi-million dollar program to transfer the technology to a research environment to prepare it for the battlefield.
The latest testing is funded by the Defense Science and Technology (DST) organization and Strategic Programs of the Ministry of Defense, and is carried out by other government agencies to ensure that regulatory requirements as well as safety approvals are met. . .
What other countries have laser weapons to destroy air targets?
The United Kingdom is not the only country with laser weapons, Israel and the United States also have theirs. In the case of the first country it is called Iron Beam, which is similar to Iron Dome, but cheaper.
The Iron Beam is made by the same Israeli company that makes the Iron Dome, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Israel’s weapons include missiles, drones, and even mortar grenades, with the difference that each launch costs $3.5, which reduces the budget used by that country in defense.
In the case of the US, its weapon is called LANCE and consists of a small laser system that allows its installation on different types of aircraft and allows the Air Force of that country to destroy the anti-aircraft missiles.