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DSEI 2021: Raytheon unleashes HELWS on experimental basis

16th September 2021 - 08:00 GMT | by Samuel Beal in London

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Raytheon showcased HELWS in a video display at DSEI 2021. (Photo: Sam Beal)

High-energy weapon to be installed on British Army Wolfhound for evaluation.

The UK MoD has awarded Raytheon UK an experimental contract to provide a High-Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS).

The demonstrator will be mounted on a British Army Wolfhound vehicle to help the MoD explore the potential opportunities offered by directed-energy weaponry (DEW). 

‘High-energy weapons are moving from the laboratory to the field,’ explained Alex Rose-Parfitt, engineering director at Raytheon UK. ‘I’ve been involved in laser system programmes for a good while and it’s always been sci-fi -- the thing of Star Wars. Now we’re in a place where we’ve got a robust and ready production system.’

He explained to …

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