The real-world effectiveness of laser weapons is to be tested in a new laboratory inaugurated in Bordeauc, France, by European missile manufacturer MBDA. The lab has been developed jointly with the ALPhANOV optics and lasers technology center of the University of Bordeaux. Using laser power sources from 1-10 kW to measure the effects on targets, the Vulnerability Test Facility can simulate real-life laser firing conditions including inaccuracies in pointing a dynamic beam, use against ...

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