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Defense. Brits make new push for directed-energy weapons aboard vehicles, ships (Andrew Chuter, Defense News)

Raytheon’s Project Swinton laser weapon is one of three designs picked for user trials by the British Ministry of Defence. (Raytheon image)

The British Ministry of Defence has awarded three directed-energy weapon demonstrator contracts totaling £72.5 million ($100 million) to British industry teams, officials announced on Sept. 14.

The move will see demonstrator trials take place with systems mounted aboard a Royal Navy Type 23 vessel, a truck, and an armored vehicle, the MoD said.

Brits make new push for directed-energy weapons aboard vehicles, ships (defensenews.com)