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发布日期:2018-09-27 作者:admin

The UK military is betting a lot of money on lasers。 The Ministry of Defence has officially signed a £30m contract to produce a prototype directed energy weapon, to be tested by the end of the decade。

Image credits Patrice Audet / Pixabay。

Why go through the effort of producing bullets, boxing, transporting, then shooting them, when you can fire pure science at the enemy? That’;s a question the UK Ministry of Defence is willing to pay £30m to answer。 A consortium led by Stevenage-based missile company MBDA which includes QinetiQ, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, GKN, Arke, BAE Systems and Marshall has been awarded the contract to build the prototype for the laser weapon system, named “;Dragonfire”;。

Ahead of the curve

The contract has been in the making for a few months now, but the MoD has finally put the seal of approval on the consortium。 Delivery of the prototype is expected for 2019, when the military will test its ability to lock onto and track targets at various distances in all weather conditions for land and water applications。

The MoD’;s endgame goal, however, is loftier than “;Dragonfire”; alone —; they want to know if ‘;energy’; could become the next ‘***mo’;。 As Peter Cooper of the UK’;s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) said:

“;This is a significant demonstration program aimed at maturing our understanding of what is still an immature technology。”;

“;It draws on innovative research into high power lasers so as to understand the potential of the technology to provide a more effective response to the emerging threats that could be faced by UK armed forces。”;

MBDA spokesman Dave Armstrong said that the project will propel the UK to “;the forefront of high energy laser systems”;。

“;Furthermore, it advances the UK towards a future product with significant export potential, as well as providing opportunities for partnerships with other nations’; armed forces that have similar requirements,”; he added

Harriet Baldwin, the Minister for Defence Procurement, thinks projects such as this one will “;keep this country ahead of the curve”;。 But this isn’;t the first time a country has toyed with the idea of directed energy weapons。 The US has been experimenting with laser weapons for decades now。 Their efforts culminated with the testing of a weapon dubbed ‘;Laws’; on the USS Ponce in the Arabian Gulf in 2014。 The system successfully targeted a small boat directed towards the ship and shot down a small drone。 Still, no-one has had the technological oomph to bring such guns on the front line up to now。

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