Op-ed; The UK military is building a Star Wars-style LASER WEAPON that could be used in battle by 2025, cost for the prototype contract is £30 million ($37 million).
How does that make you feel?
Well here is a little more info and my thoughts.
Technology is amazing. It can and could be used to resolve so many world issues. In positive ways advances could be well worth costs.
But a new weapon?
The world appears to be spiralling downward into troubled times but more weapons should be a last resort.
Wars have always been a convenient way to level out populations. The working classes always took the biggest hit.
The weapons industry is big business.
But investing in death and destruction tells us a great deal about our country rather than alleged foreign warmongers.
In a bid to keep the military at the forefront of new technology, the UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a £30 million ($37 million) contract to create a laser weapon.
The current Tory government may want to keep our military capabilites leading the field but also appears happy in so many other ways to let the country slip back decades if not a century.
Our cradle to the grave healthcare is being squandered. Foodbank usage is on the increase in many cases as cruel, inflexible sanctions slash incomes. Homelessness is on the increase. Too many people are "employed" on zero hours contracts. The divide between the haves and have nots is still widening.
But hey we must keep our fighting capabilities at world leader level.
The consortium awarded the contract for the prototype is called UK Dragonfire but;
The UK Ministry of Defence has officially awarded a £30m contract to produce a prototype laser weapon.
The contract was being finalised back in July 2016 when;
A spokesman for the UK arm of MBDA declined to comment on whether it’s bid team, known as UK Dragonfire, had been successful. MBDA leads a consortium of companies including BAE Systems, Leonardo, Marshall Defence and Aerospace and Qinetiq to develop and build a solid state high power demonstrator weapon as part of the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s directed energy weapons project.
Who is making money out of this contract?