A hi-tech laser weapon that could shoot down enemy missiles mid-flight is to be developed for the British military. The futuristic “energy” cannon is set to be created under a £30m deal being finalised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It forms the first part of a programme aimed at showing how pioneering technology, once confined to the pages of science fiction, can be exploited by the military in future.
The agreement would see missile manufacturer MBDA UK build a “capability demonstrator” for a “laser-directed energy weapon”, with a one-off prototype delivered by 2019.
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