Royal Navy frigate to be fitted with laser weapon as armed forces test ‘cutting-edge’ technology thanks to £72.5m contracts

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Laser weapons which could ‘revolutionise the future battlefield’ for armed forces are set to be trialled on a Royal Navy ship.​


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People wave from the shore as HMS Kent, a type 23 frigate, leaves Portsmouth Naval Base. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images.

A Type 23 frigate will be fitted with a laser device as part of the Ministry of Defence’s new weapons programme.

The technology will be cleared for regular use following testing, meaning that the weapons could soon be used on Portsmouth-based warships.
A second laser will be tested by fitting it to a Wolfhound, an Army armoured vehicle.

The weapons are included in contracts worth £72.5m.
It comes after The News reported in November navy warships were set to be fitted with laser guns.

 

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