The British Department of Defense, together with a group of European companies, has started a series of tests under the Dragonfire programme. The program is developing powerful laser weapons for ships.
The British Dragonfire program, which is designed to create high-energy laser weapons, is directly designed and produced by Leonardo, QinetiQ and Dstl. Laser weapons are designed to be a solution to suppress high-tech targets from drones to missiles and even rockets, thereby reducing the cost of firing and the likelihood of collateral damage.
In the tests, the QinetiQ low-powered laser, the Leonardo beam guidance system and the MBDA image processing and control technology were used to provide the ultra-precision "thin guidance" and to ensure the accuracy of the tracking that would be required during the next stages of the tests for the operation of the system at full power. In the second phase, the LDEV Dragonfire high-speed laser system would be tested stationary. In the third stage, accuracy and power would be combined to direct and point impact for high-mobile long-range targets.
In addition to the British Dragonfire programme in Europe, laser sea weapons are occupied by Germans, Italians, and French, and the US is actively testing naval laser warfare systems, the most promising of which are solid lasers because of their relatively small size and ease of use.