25 septembre 2023 | International, Terrestre

Bundeswehr successfully concludes laser weapon trials at sea

Laser Weapon Demonstrator trials onboard the German frigate Sachsen have successfully been completed, following on from the integration of the LWD in June 2022.

https://www.epicos.com/article/774635/bundeswehr-successfully-concludes-laser-weapon-trials-sea

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