An EU initiative
a European challenge
There is an emerging need to invest in High-power Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) technologies that can deliver precise effects on evolving threats.
High-power LDEW systems have the potential to change the course of future conflicts and offer game changing operational capabilities.
Non-EU countries have already started to work on demonstrators of compact high-power laser effectors able to generate over 100 kW.
Today in Europe, studies on such programs focus on power generation up to 30 kW, rely on architectures that combine incoherent beams on the target and are dependent on suppliers from non-EU countries involving the risk of end-user restrictions being imposed by non-EU nations (e.g. ITAR)
The objective is twofold: to foster defence strategy autonomy of Europe and to ensure alignment of the defence capabilities of Europe.