Britain is testing Star Wars-style laser weapons to shoot drones and missiles from the sky

The UK is due to start testing Star Wars-style laser weapons that can shoot down drones and missiles up to six miles away.

Defense company Raytheon UK has announced the opening of a cutting-edge laser integration center in Livingston, West Lothian next year.

It says the new European center will focus on “testing, deploying and maintaining defensive high-energy laser (HEL) weapons.”

The weapon will be designed to destroy drones, missiles, artillery and mortars with just a highly concentrated beam of light.

In September last year, Raytheon UK received a demonstration contract to supply the HEL weapons system to the UK Department of Defense (MOD). It is supposed to be installed on the ground transport Wolfhound – a six-wheeled heavy armored truck used by the British army.

In the spring of 2023, the British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for six months of testing.  It will be able to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles and enemy drones with a virtually unlimited and free ammunition of a 15-kilowatt laser beam.

In the spring of 2023, the British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for six months of testing. It will be able to destroy unmanned aerial vehicles and enemy drones with a virtually unlimited and free ammunition of a 15-kilowatt laser beam.

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, the laser operator will be able to direct the beam at the target and disable it within two to 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 received a contract to supply the HEL weapons system to the UK Department of Defense in September last year.

It is supposed to be installed on the Wolfhound ground 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 such as drones, missiles, artillery and mortars are a major problem, and the demand for cost-effective lasers is skyrocketing. them

“The opening of a cutting-edge integration center in the UK reflects the maturity of our technology and our commitment to delivering the HEL systems our customers need to protect their skies.”

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

Both the demonstration laser and the advanced laser integration center are designed to modernize the British military.

This goal was outlined in the Comprehensive Review of Security, Defense, Development and Foreign Policy, published last March.

The government has announced that it will allocate £6.6bn over the next four years to the research and development of 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 to bring advanced defense technologies where they are needed, while reducing the overall cost of these systems.”

“This center will help position the UK as a leading country in directed energy and ensure that the technology continues to move from the lab to the operational field.”

In the spring of 2023, the British Army will receive a single HEL weapon system for six months of testing.

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 enemy drones with virtually unlimited and free ammunition in the form 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, the laser operator will be able to direct the beam at the target and disable it within two to 12 seconds.

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

Toby Marshall, Head of New Weapons Capture at Raytheon UK, said: “There is a big difference in the amount of money we have to spend to defend ourselves against relatively inexpensive threats.

“It is easy for the enemy to launch 30-40 UAVs for the price of one defensive missile.

“But with a high-precision high-energy laser or a directed energy system where the cost of a shot is much lower, you can defeat the whole horde of these threats.

“That’s because, unlike conventional weapon systems, you have an endless arsenal.”

The government has announced that it will allocate £6.6bn to defense over the next four years for the research and development of new weapons such as hypersonic missiles and laser weapons (file image).

The government has announced that it will allocate £6.6bn to defense over the next four years for the research and development of new weapons such as hypersonic missiles and laser weapons (file image).

While the laser itself will be sourced from overseas, most of the demonstrator’s capabilities, including command and control system, external radar tracker, GPS antenna and vehicle integration, will be developed in the UK.

The trials are designed to see how the system can improve the nation’s capabilities and understanding of high-energy laser weapons.

Alex Rose-Parfit, Chief Technology Officer at Raytheon UK, said: “High-energy lasers are moving from the lab to the field.

“We are working with the Department of Defense to accelerate the development of this technology and make it available to the UK military.

“This demonstration program will show how the use of high-energy laser weapons can help protect soldiers from UAVs.

“By 2025, we will place the country at the forefront of this new technology by equipping the UK’s cutting-edge military with the best sovereign solutions available.”

The UK will use LASERS to track the location of satellites orbiting the Earth and prevent their collisions

The UK will use new laser technology to track satellites orbiting the Earth and prevent them from colliding.

The first test satellite is scheduled to be launched from Cornwall this summer.

The system, developed by British startup Lumi Space, works by sending pulses of laser light from Earth to an object in space and measuring the time it takes for the light to reflect.

It is billed as “a simple yet powerful method that uses light to track satellites.” to combat space debris, issuing ultra-precise collision warnings.

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The British technology, which uses lasers to track satellites in Earth's orbit, is due to be launched into space this summer.

The British technology, which uses lasers to track satellites in Earth’s orbit, is due to be launched into space this summer.