Skip to content

Britain unveils latest drone-killing technology with futuristic radio beam weapon to blast HUGE drones from the sky

New drone destruction technology designed and built in the UK will allow swarms of robot planes to be knocked out of the sky for just 10p a shot.

The revolutionary weapon, unveiled by the MoD at midnight, will be used by the UK armed forces to disable enemies’ electronic devices and destroy multiple drones at once.

The Ministry of Defense has released images of the UK's new radio frequency directed energy weapons (RFDEW) system.


The Ministry of Defense has released images of the UK’s new radio frequency directed energy weapons (RFDEW) system.Credit: PA
The RFDEW system emits radio waves to disrupt or damage critical electronic components of vehicles and drones used by enemy combatants.


The RFDEW system emits radio waves to disrupt or damage critical electronic components of vehicles and drones used by enemy combatants.Credit: PA
Its unveiling comes after the UK announced its new DragonFire laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) system.


Its unveiling comes after the UK announced its new DragonFire laser directed energy weapon (LDEW) system.Credit: Reuters

The technology is currently under development and is expected to be used by the UK armed forces in the coming years, providing the UK with a “decisive operational advantage”.

will shine radio waves to disrupt or damage threats on land, air and sea up to 1 km away, although further development is expected to extend their range.

An example of a radio frequency directed energy weapon (RFDEW), the system will be able to detect, track and attack enemy vehicles, causing them to stop abruptly or fall from the vehicle. darling.

The RFDEW beam will be able to shoot down “dangerous drone swarms with instant effect”, according to the MoD, at a cost-effective price of 10p per shot.

Multiple threats can be attacked at once within the same beam, or a rapid fire of sequenced shots can attack individual targets.

The technology will be able to be mounted on a variety of different military vehicles and will use a mobile phone. force source to produce pulses of radiofrequency energy.

The RFDEW system is a cheaper alternative to traditional missile-based air defense systems and can be operated by a single person.

The British “DragonFire” weapon is more expensive, £10p per shot, but is expected to be ready for deployment no later than 2027.

Defense Secretary Grant Shapps hinted last month that it could end up in Ukrainian hands even sooner, before they are “100 per cent perfect”, and British soldiers are preparing to test the weapon within weeks.

The DragonFire uses an intense beam of light to pass through its aim and can attack at the speed of light.

It is designed to shoot down attack drones, missiles, aircraft and even satellites with its 50kW beam, and can attack any visible target as small as a £1 coin.

Britain will send deadly laser-guided bombs with a 500-pound warhead to Ukraine to crush Russian targets at any time.

The unveiling of the RFDEW system tonight comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced an increase in the UK’s defense budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2030.

Defense experts hope the new technology will work to protect and defend critical UK bases and assets.

Defense Procurement Minister James Cartlidge said: “We are already a force to be reckoned with in science and technology, and advances like RFDEW not only make our personnel more lethal and better protected in the battlefieldbut it will also maintain the UK as a world leader in innovative military equipment.

“The war in Ukraine has shown us the importance of deploying unmanned systems, but we must also be able to defend ourselves against them.

“As we increase our defense spending in the coming years, our defense drone strategy will ensure we are at the forefront of this warfare evolution.”

The new technology, which soldiers will test in the field over the summer, is being developed by a joint team from the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Defense Equipment and Support (DE&S).

Both organizations are working with UK industry under Project Hersa.

Dstl chief executive Paul Hollinshead said: “These revolutionary systems will provide a decisive operational advantage to the UK armed forces, saving lives and defeating deadly threats.

“World-class capabilities like this are only possible thanks to decades of research, experience and investment in science and technology at Dstl and our partners in the UK industry.”


Soldiers will also test DragonFire laser guns and a new type of radar beam weapon.

Lasers can heat their targets to more than 3,000 degrees Celsius in an instant, while radio weapons work by firing a pulse of energy that fries electrical circuits, causing drones to fall from the sky.

Both systems were developed at the government’s top-secret Porton Down laboratory in Wiltshire and were due to be tested by troops from the 7th Air Defense Group, based at Thorney Island, Hants.

Matt Cork, head of Porton Down’s directed energy weapons demonstration programme, said the radio weapon could destroy “a room full of computers or a telephone exchange”.

Royal Navy ships are about to be equipped with DragonFire laser weapon


Royal Navy ships are about to be equipped with DragonFire laser weapon
A mortar shell shows damage caused by the British military's 'DragonFire' laser weapons system


A mortar shell shows damage caused by the British military laser weapon system ‘DragonFire’Credit: PA

It does this by launching an electromagnetic pulse that overloads its target’s electrical systems.

He added: “Anything that has electricity flowing through it, you can alter it.”

A version of the radio weapon will be mounted on a military truck and tested this summer, before the Royal Artillery tests the laser weapon in the autumn.

The laser weapon, known as DragonFire, has already been fired from a Royal Navy warship.

The Ministry of Defense said the DragonFire would be installed on Royal Navy warships by 2027, five years earlier than planned.

The Sun understands that the lasers will most likely be installed on frigates.

Incredible declassified images released by the Ministry of Defense in March showed the formidable weapon used to attack targets in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

The video demonstrated the laser’s impressive ability to lock onto a target and destroy it with a powerful beam fired into the sky.

The UK’s new radio frequency direct energy weapons system

BY Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Defense

When Putin’s men killed Dawn Sturgess in Salisbury with Novichok poison, Kremlin cronies pointed the finger at this laboratory.

The Russian tyrant was once again trying to cover his ruthless violence with fake news.

But we know the truth.

Putin is a threat to all of us and must be stopped.

To protect our prosperity, values, and freedom, we must be prepared for war now and in the future.

Technology is transforming warfare faster than ever and if our Armed Forces want to stay fit to fight, they must have the best and most modern equipment.

When I visited the Defense and Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down last month, I saw how cutting-edge weapons were being developed.

They will give us a lethal advantage on the modern battlefield.

The Dragonfire laser will be installed on Royal Navy ships in 2027, five years ahead of schedule.

We are working hard to have our new Radio Frequency Direct Energy Weapon (RFDEW) system in service in the coming years.

Dragonfire can destroy flying threats at the speed of light, while RFDEW uses electromagnetic energy to disrupt or shoot down drones and other electronic military systems.

Dragonfire operates for just £10 per shot. An RFDEW injection costs just 10p!

We also have military scientists testing the use of AI to analyze images and identify camouflaged targets and exploring the use of unmanned surveillance aircraft in the stratosphere.

To produce this highly advanced kit of tomorrow, the government is investing in innovation and collaborating with British industry.

We have put British industry on a war footing with our plan to spend 2.5% of GDP on defense by 2030.

An additional £75 billion will be spent over the next six years.

This is the biggest defense buildup in a generation, and we have put high-tech innovation at the center of our plans.

To support programs like DragonFire and RFDEW, and ensure our Armed Forces have the equipment they need and deserve, we will spend at least 5% of the defense budget on research and development.

Companies across the country are preparing to ramp up production.
I saw it with my own eyes recently in Telford, where the Challenger 3 tank is almost finished.

This tank is one of the deadliest in the world and the first built entirely by the British in more than 20 years.

The UK defense industry supports around 200,000 jobs and the measures we have taken will help grow the economy and be felt in communities across the country.

Through our growing defense budget and our laser focus on innovation, the UK is taking on our enemies and showing our allies what we must all do to be safer in a more dangerous world.

And it is our scientists at Porton Down and the engineers of British industry who remain our secret weapon.

The 'DragonFire' system can be seen in an image released by the Ministry of Defense


The ‘DragonFire’ system can be seen in an image released by the Ministry of DefenseCredit: PA
A metal plaque shows the damage caused by the UK's new 'DragonFire' system


A metal plaque shows the damage caused by the UK’s new ‘DragonFire’ systemCredit: PA

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *