Wednesday, July 13, 2016

British Select Laser Weapon Prototype Maker

Missile maker MBDA has been selected to demonstrate a British capability to field laser-directed weapons, industry sources familiar with the program told Defense News.

The company was selected last week and will be confirmed as the winning bidder in the next few days, so long as there are no protests from rival companies.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed there will be an announcement ‘soon’ but wouldn’t comment on who had won the work.

A spokesman for the UK arm of MBDA declined to comment on whether it’s bid team, known as UK Dragonfire, had been successful.

MBDA leads a consortium of companies including BAE Systems, Leonardo, Marshall Defence and Aerospace and Qinetiq to develop and build a solid state high power demonstrator weapon as part of the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s directed energy weapons project.

The value of the contract is not known at this stage.

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