Dragonfire: Meet the British navy's newest laser weapon
LONDON — The Dragonfire Laser Directed Energy Weapon is currently being developed for use on Royal Navy ships, according to a news release from the British government.
Dragonfire would have a power rating of 50 kW, according to UK Defence Journal.
A spokesperson from the British military explained the technology was inspired by the Williams F1 team.
The laser uses the Flywheel Energy Storage System or FESS to store rotational energy created from the ship.
The system would then use stored energy to fire the laser.
It can also generate high-power electrical pulses.
According to the UK Defence Journal, the laser would be able to aim targets on land or in maritime environments.
Dragonfire would also be able to provide very-short range air defence capability, and counter unmanned aerial vehicles.
The laser was tested in the United States and in the United Kingdom while using a virtual ship power system.
The laser will be installed on British ships by the mid-2020's, UK defence journal reports.