The Defence Ministry of the United Kingdom examines opportunities of effective use of laser weapons. According to BBC, the authority signed contract with several European defence industry companies so as to produce weapon prototypes.
‘The aim is to see whether "directed energy" technology could benefit the armed forces, and is to culminate in a demonstration of the system in 2019. The prototype will be assessed on how it picks up and tracks targets at different distances and in varied weather conditions over land and water,’ reads the article.
Defence Ministry explains that the demonstrator was not being developed to counter any specific threat, but to assess whether such weaponry could be delivered as a capability for the armed forces. In general, directed energy weapons could potentially be used to destroy drone aircraft, missiles, mortars, roadside bombs and a host of other threats.
If the demonstration is successful, the first laser weapons could come into service in the mid-2020s.