First live-fire trial of DragonFire DEW [PROPER]

During a trial at the UK MOD's Hebrides Range, the DragonFire laser directed energy weapon (DEW) system achieved the UK's first high-power firing of a laser weapon against aerial targets. The range of DragonFire is classified, but it is a line-of-sight weapon and can engage with any visible target. DragonFire is led by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) on behalf of the MOD, working with industry partners MBDA, Leonardo and QinetiQ. Both the British Army and Royal Navy are considering using this technology as part of their future Air Defence capabilities.

https://gov.uk/government/news/advanced-future-military-laser-achieves-uk-first
https://gov.uk/guidance/weapons-defence-science-and-technology-capability

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  1. 1 month ago
    delouser
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Does this skid include the gas turbine or generator or whatever they are using to generate the trons? And is the turret all-up with it's own radar / EO or whatever or is that passed from a different system

  2. 1 month ago
    delouser
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >soon

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Soon

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          We can only hope

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Its been a long time….gettin from there to here

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I remember watching the premiere episodes of Enterprise with my mom and grandmother...good times.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    wtf raytheon has been doing this for over a decade. really poor showing by the UK for taking so long to get to this stage

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The eternal anglo (American inclusive) leading the world in weapons design again

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Canada
        I'm pretty sure the last military thing Canada invented was the heavy APC (Ram Kangaroo, WW2)

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          As America's hair (New England), I'll allow America's hat into our secret club

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >I'll allow America's hat into our secret club
            They got a chinese lice infestation to sort out before we put them snugly upon our head, first.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Only three on these actually matter.
        USA
        UK
        Aus

        The other three will inevitably be incorporated into them over the long term. AUKUS is the beginning of the recognization of this fact.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I fricking hate Canada and New Zealand. Selling out to china should result in annexation.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I wouldn't discount Ireland, they can go from zero to murder at breakneck speed.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            post the Irish armed forces then. bunch of freeloaders.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous
              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                CUTE

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I really hope our Irish frens get some cute jet trainers like a Hawk or Aviojet some day soon. Would be cool to see them patrolling CAP in their own skies and flying together with the RAF 🙂

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                would be even cooler to see them patrolling their whole island on their own

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            The Leafs are the funniest in terms of how they’re actually all a bunch of schizo war crime fun time lads underneath. My favorite story was how during WW1 they often ENJOYED trench raids, going on hundreds after the rest of the Allies had kind of kiboshed that. One Sgt (?) was even knows for just carrying around a big sack of grenades for passing out and personal use for these.

            Leave those dipshits unsupervised for too long and prisoners of war start getting “accident”-ed and so on.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I'm Canadian, can confirm. My brother went off and joined another army because the Canadian one was too gay, and then when the Ukraine shit popped off he went over there to volunteer. He was there for like a year before he came back for a few months, and then immediately went back. He has a giant backpack full of grenades he's collected and the latest AK-12 variant he took from a trench.

              He hasn't done any warcrimes yet tho (that I know of)

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Did he join the FFL?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            What are they gonna do? Get drunk and participate in a UN peacekeeping operation?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >AUKUS SSNs
          >Hypersonic Missiles
          >Loyal Wingmen
          >UUVs
          >Deep Space Radar
          >Artificial Intelligence
          The Boys Are Back

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Eternally reminding Turdies that its an Anglo World, theyre just living in it

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              That's no way to talk about your prime minister.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            We never left!
            >Cold war and two time World War champions
            Totalitarianism is for Black folk

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >ireland

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it's an impressive achievement for a poor, deindustrialised nation of illiterate, alcoholic cokeheads.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >poor, deindustrialised nation of illiterate, alcoholic cokeheads
        What even is this bullshit? Everybody knows we prefer ket to coke.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          nah, there are way more people who do coke

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You need to stop seething

      it's an impressive achievement for a poor, deindustrialised nation of illiterate, alcoholic cokeheads.

      Lmao what is it about British people that causes so much burrhurt.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        since the spelling and jaded outlook didn't clue you in: i'm english

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    > 150 kW
    isn't lockheed doing work on a 300kw and 500kw class laser at the moment?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      yes. NG and Raytheon too

  5. 1 month ago
    delouser
  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Actual question, could a laser cut through the plasma sheath of a hypersonic weapon? Or are hypersonics immune to the laser meme

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      “Plasma sheathe” is a meme but yes a laser would go through it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Hypersonics are more vulnerable than regular missiles. The aerodynamic forces acting on it are much greater so even a chipping out a small piece will cause it to go off course or even tear itself apart.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Directed Energy Weapon (DEW)

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Fire at line of targets
    >Range [classified]
    Unironically can it hit targets on the Moon?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      "Anything visible" which means it can also shoot all of the planets, the sun and a lot of stars, since they're all visible to the naked eye. Sadly, it can't engage your father or the packet of cigarettes he's been picking up these last 25 years.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Doesn't the strength of the laser dilute over distance?

        Chapta: H8TA

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, but not quickly.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, just like a bullet loses power over distance.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love how mad this makes the bong haters. The seething is palpable

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm glad the Bongs are still doing cool shit

    sometimes I worry about them

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I mean theoretically shouldn't it's range be literally anything it can see?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      In the sense that the light will continue until it hits something, yes. But even lasers fan out over distance and lose potency.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Seeing something is easier than holding a tracking lock. DEWs can't really reacquire targets since they have to hit them continuously for effect, so their limiting factors tend not to be attenuation of the laser itself.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They should point it at the moon.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You'd think so but lasers do have factors that limit their range. For starters you have a bit of diffraction from the aperture no matter how big you make it. If you use one in atmosphere you also have decoherence from thermal pockets.

      If you want a bit of back-of-the-envelope maths to figure out how powerful your laser needs to be to make a visible spot on the moon, the beam divergence in radians is:
      >laser wavelength/(pi*aperture)
      Then from that you can approximate how large the final dot is:
      >pi*(distance*beam divergence)^2
      and how bright the spot is:
      >Laser power/area of final dot
      To put whatever final number you get into perspective, the brightness of the full moon at night is about 0.001 watt/square meter

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    future warfare is going to be insane, I think I understand what it felt like to be a general on the cusp of the first world war, how are we supposed to make sense of this shit and anticipate how it will all play out in the third world war, maybe we won't have to, maybe AI will do the thinking for us

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Honestly think the next war will surpass 1 billion deaths total. Sheer amount of new technology on the cusp, over reliance of imported foodstuffs and other interconnected systems which will breakdown.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    *Posh English accent* Imma firin ma lazar!

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's actually impressive that such a zombie country managed some progress in this area

  16. 1 month ago
    delouser

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