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UK laser cannon unveiled at DSEI

A key component of a high energy laser cannon being produced under a £30 million contract for the UK Ministry of Defence was unveiled in London this week, at military equipment exhibition DSEI 2017. Under development by an MBDA-led consortium which includes Qinetiq, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Arke, BAE Systems, Marshall and GKN the so-called Dragonfire system will be a 50kW class directed energy weapon designed for use on both land and sea. Laser weapons have key advantages over traditional systems: the munition is potentially unlimited, and it operates at the speed of light so the time from when you say “fire” to the weapon hitting its target is more or less instantaneous. According to the consortium the weapon – which is being optimised for use on land and

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Jaguar Land Rover to go all-electric by 2020

From 2020, all new vehicles produced by Jaguar Land Rover will be electrified, the firm’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth has claimed. “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice,” said Speth. “We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles.” Speth’s announcement follows similar news from Volvo and adds to the growing momentum behind electric vehicles. His comments were made at the car firm’s inaugural Tech Fest – a technology showcase at London’s St Martins College – where, as well as hosting debates on the future of mobility, it was also showcasing a number of existing and future electric models. Amongst v

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