The United Kingdom Is Developing A Low Cost Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon | Aviation

The Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon. (Photo: UK MoD)

The new weapon is intended to disable enemy electronics and take down multiple drones at once at only 10p per shot fired.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) unveiled the ongoing development of a Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon (RFDEW), a versatile system that can detect, track and engage a range of threats across land, air, and sea. The system is intended as a low-cost alternative to missiles when dealing with small targets such as drones.

Recent events in the Middle East and Ukraine showed once again the disparity between the cost of the systems used by attackers and defenders, where missiles worth thousands of dollars have to be used to destroy small drones or cruise missiles which cost much less than the weapons needed to counter them.

“The war in Ukraine has shown us the importance of deploying uncrewed systems, but we must be able to defend against them too,” said the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge. “As we ramp up our defence spending in the coming years, our Defence Drone Strategy will ensure we are at the forefront of this warfighting evolution”.

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