Components arrived in early 2018 for the UK Dragonfire combat laser. QinetiQ will start building the weapon’s laser source in the purpose-built clean room. Over the following months, the laser source will undergo a process of evaluation and adjustment before being integrated with Leonardo’s beam director.
Full-power tests inside the lab are being performed during the summer of 2018. The laser will be transported to MOD Shoeburyness for long-range outdoor trials later in 2018.