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DIMDEX 2018: Regulations fail to match pace of HEL gun development

12th March 2018 - 11:05 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Doha


Regulations determining the implementation and use of laser weapons are failing to keep pace with the development of such technologies, according to Rheinmetall Defence.

Showcasing its High Energy Laser (HEL) gun at the DIMDEX naval exhibition in Doha, officials from Rheinmetall Defence said that while the current programme was at TRL 6, prototypes could be developed in just ‘a couple of years’.

The system completed testing and evaluation with the German MoD several years ago, with the German Navy looking at the 2024-25 timeframe for system adoption. This gap between development and potential adoption is due in part to the

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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