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Euronaval 2022: French Navy to trial directed energy weapon from a ship in 2023

17th October 2022 - 09:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Rendering of a directed-energy weapon aboard a French Navy FREMM frigate. (Image: French Navy)

Unlike missiles, decoys, or naval guns, directed energy weapons are not limited by magazine size but rather the ability of a platform to generate electrical power.

The French Navy will trial a directed-energy weapon from a naval ship for the first time in 2023, a senior officer told reporters during a September press conference.

Speaking in Paris, French Navy RAdm Eric Malbrunot confirmed the test would take place but declined to say which directed-energy weapon would be trialled and what ship it would take place on.

In June, the French procurement agency DGA contracted French optronics company CILAS for the acquisition of an operational laser system prototype that is capable of tracking and neutralising small UAS.

The work is part of the DGA's C-UAS project. One system

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye is Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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