The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a prior information notice (PIN) seeking three directed energy weapons (DEWs) to demonstrate, which will use laser or radio frequency energy to destroy targets.
The government said it intends to purchase systems for the project under a GBP130 million (USD162.8 million) investment, covering the construction of the demonstrators, the establishment of a new Joint Programme Office to support the project, and the recruitment of personnel to work on it.
Under the initiative the systems will be trialled on Royal Navy vessels and British Army vehicles in 2023, although it is expected that the systems will evolve to be utilised by the Royal Air Force as well.
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