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UK: Dstl releases exclusive footage of DragonFire laser system trial.

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According to information published by the UK MoD on March 11, 2024, the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) has declassified a video of a successful test of the DragonFire Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) system.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 DragonFire Laser Directed Energy Weapon system. (Picture source: UK MoD)

Led by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in partnership with MBDA, Leonardo, and QinetiQ, the DragonFire project represents a significant step forward in utilizing UK technology for military applications.

DragonFire’s operational cost-effectiveness is notable, with the cost of firing the laser estimated to be significantly lower than traditional ammunition. This efficiency presents an opportunity for the UK Armed Forces to reduce reliance on expensive ammunition while minimizing the risk of collateral damage.

The recent trials have validated DragonFire's potential in engaging aerial targets effectively, indicating the technology's readiness for further consideration by the Army and Royal Navy for future Air Defence capabilities.

Following a series of successful trials and extensive research, the Ministry of Defence has committed to a substantial investment in transitioning this technology from research to practical application.


Naval forces around the world are significantly advancing their capabilities with the integration of laser weapons, marking a new era in maritime warfare. The U.S. Navy, in particular, has made notable strides with the deployment of High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) and Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) systems.

These laser weapons offer a cost-effective solution for countering threats such as drones, small boats, and surveillance equipment, with HELIOS providing a high-power option for more intensive defensive and offensive operations. The HELIOS system, developed by Lockheed Martin, has been integrated into Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

Germany has also been active in the development and testing of laser weapon systems for naval applications. A collaboration between MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Rheinmetall Waffen Munition GmbH successfully completed a series of tests with a laser weapon demonstrator aboard the frigate 124 “SACHSEN”.

This testing phase aimed to evaluate the performance, potential applications, and development trajectory of high-energy laser effectors for defending against drones, drone swarms, attacking speedboats, and potentially even supersonic guided missiles in the future.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Screenshot of DragonFire laser-directed energy weapon system tests. (Picture source: UK MoD)

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