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France: success of the HELMA-P laser test on the air defence frigate Forbin

By Defence Industry Europe

From June 12 to June 14, aboard the air defence frigate Forbin in the Mediterranean, the General Directorate of Armament (DGA), the French Navy, and CILAS conducted a test campaign of the High Energy Laser for Multiple Applications - Power (HELMA-P) system, a laser weapon for anti-drone warfare.

Having already been successfully evaluated on land in 2020 and 2021, the HELMA-P system has proven to be as effective and accurate in neutralizing hostile drones at sea. These tests pave the way for further development of the prototype with the aim of integrating it into Navy vessels in the future.




These tests are part of the Anti-Drone Warfare (Lutte anti-drones – LAD) program led by the DGA, which involves the creation of a laser weapon prototype based on the HELMA-P demonstrator.

 

 

The integration of drones into operations represents a significant evolution in conflicts, particularly in naval combat. At sea, aerial drones can be employed to monitor, disrupt, or attack ships and aircraft. The Navy is fully engaged in anti-drone warfare research conducted with the other branches of the military and the DGA, with the goal of acquiring specific capabilities.

 

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