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UK’s New DEW Roadmap Includes Maritime Laser Weapon
https://www.navalnews.com/event-news/ds ... er-weapon/Acquisition of a maritime laser weapon system is one of three priority areas identified by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as part of the so-called 'Transition Phase' programme designed to support the development and delivery of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) into the UK armed forces in the late 2020s/early 2030s.
To make lasers weapon system one of the three MoD priority areas appears very, very foolhardy as lasers have an abysmal record to date and would like to know the logic for justifying the decision as after 50 years in R&D not one laser weapon system is operational, they are purely line of sight weapons and don't work in bad weather, the old joke in the US R&D community comes to mind "lasers are the weapons of the future ... and always will be".