The DragonFire directed energy system is a 50 kilowatt laser developed in the UK. (Leonardo UK)  

Breaking Defense: UK’s DragonFire laser system takes out drone, metal targets in latest test  

Breaking Defense reviewed video of the laser disabling a quadcopter UAV, part of tests that show directed energy system could be “viable.”  

WILTSHIRE, England — DragonFire, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW), is one step closer to becoming an operationally “viable” solution after completing its latest round of live fire tests that included targeting a small drone and metal targets designed to approximate ship and aircraft skin. 

On Tuesday, the MoD-sponsored Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) announced it had successfully completed tests of the high energy laser (HEL) at its range facility in Porton Down, Wiltshire, on Oct. 28.  

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UK’s DragonFire Consortium Has Successfully Conducted Its First Laser Weapon Trial  

Britain’s military gets its first-ever LASER weapon: Star Wars-style £100m death ray shoots down drone more than two miles away in first test — Daily Mail

DragonFire consortium conducts first laser weapon trial successfully — Naval News

UK Inching Closer to Deploying First 50-Kilowatt Laser Weapon — Defense Post

UK: First high-power firing of Dragonfire laser weapon completed — Naval Today

DragonFire: UK’s laser weapon can fire beams at 50kW and beyond — Interesting Engineering