'These threats aren't going away, and in many instances, shooting them with a high energy laser weapon
system is the most effective and safest way to bring them down.'
The goal was to develop a 150-kilowatt class laser weapon
that is smaller and lighter than similar laser systems.
CEO MBDA Antoine Bouviersaid: "Adding to MBDA's unique technical capabilities in Europe, the VTF may contribute to the on-going projects we are conducting for our German and British customers, as it will allow us to specify our future laser weapons
in order to meet the exact needs of our military customers.
"Russia likely is pursuing laser weapons
to disrupt, degrade, or damage satellites and their sensors", the report noted on Monday, Sputnik reported.
Development of such laser weapons
is not limited to China, with all the big defense players in the US working on prototypes for the Pentagon.
Could it be converted to research, test, develop and evaluate a new generation of laser weapon
systems for integration aboard warships?
Since then, between 2009 and 2012 the US Navy has tested, initially on land and then on board the USS Ponce, 'Austin' class amphibious assault ship, the 30kw AN/ SEQ-3 Laser Weapon
System (LAWS) from August 2014, with the vessel equipped to this end deploying to the Persian Gulf, where the laser successfully destroyed UAVs and other targets in test shots.
The idea of a laser weapon
pervades science fiction, but lately our military has become seriously interested in such weapons.
Lockheed Martin has used a 30-kilowatt laser weapon
system able to kill a pick-up truck engine from more than a mile away during a field test in the US.
Beijing: China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon
system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported.
The successful demonstration marks a significant milestone on the path to deploying a mission-relevant laser weapon
system for a wide range of air, land and sea military platforms.