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Royal Navy to build laser cannon by end of the decade

The US Navy has already deployed a drone-killing laser cannon to the Gulf Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young

 

15 Sep 2015 By Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

 

The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot.

 

Britain will test a prototype laser cannon on its warships by the end of the decade, the head of the Navy has said. The “directed energy weapon” will be able to fire high energy beams to damage and burn up targets at the cost of only pence per shot. It will see Britain join the laser arms race after America has already deployed a laser to the Gulf on one of its own warships. The announcement by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, the First Sea Lord, comes after the Ministry of Defence said it was looking for defence firms to build a military laser weapon.

 

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