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Anti-aircraft laser revealed by the Ministry of Defence





  • The Ministry of Defence has demonstrated their new anti-aircraft weapon
  • A high-tech laser capable of burning through steel has been unveiled
  • The prototype invention has another decade of development ahead before use
  • It is hoped the technology will combat drones in a more efficient manner 

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

Published: 17:43 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 17:46 EDT, 20 March 2017

A searing hot laser capable of cutting through aircrafts in seconds has been demonstrated for the first time by the Ministry of Defence.

Using their official YouTube channel, the MoD uploaded a clip of the prototype invention melting an 82mm mortar in a matter of seconds. 

The research will feed into the Dragonfire programme - a strategy intended to create a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles. 

The Ministry of Defence have for the first time demonstrated their prototype high-tech laser capable of cutting through aircrafts and mortars in seconds The Ministry of Defence have for the first time demonstrated their prototype high-tech laser capable of cutting through aircrafts and mortars in seconds

The Ministry of Defence have for the first time demonstrated their prototype high-tech laser capable of cutting through aircrafts and mortars in seconds

The research will feed into the Dragonfire programme - a strategy intended to create a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles The research will feed into the Dragonfire programme - a strategy intended to create a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles

The research will feed into the Dragonfire programme - a strategy intended to create a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles

The idea is to take down drones and cut through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles in a more efficient manner.

The technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to ten years of research ahead of it to perfect the system.

The MoD said: 'It won’t be a thing of sleek, space age beauty, looking more like a fridge on a truck than a thing of science fiction!

'But while it might not look the part, its capability will be incredible.' 

The idea is to take down drones and cut through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles in a more efficient manner. However the technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to ten years of research ahead of it to perfect the system The idea is to take down drones and cut through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles in a more efficient manner. However the technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to ten years of research ahead of it to perfect the system

The idea is to take down drones and cut through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles in a more efficient manner. However the technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to ten years of research ahead of it to perfect the system

The technology comes after it was revealed that ISIS were using drones to great effect against Iraqi tanks.

A video obtained by MailOnline showed three bombs being dropped from the sky, and it is believed some of the footage was taken in war-torn Mosul.

The three clips were taken from unmanned drones, and appeared to show the bombs being dropped with a high level of accuracy. 


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