In a video uploaded to YouTube, the MoD revealed its high powered sci-fi weapon that can slice through steel.
Astonishing footage shows the laser take apart a 82mm mortar shell and the MoD says that, in the future, it can be used on enemy aircrafts or armoured vehicles.
The government department said: “This research will feed into the Dragonfire programme –creating a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles – used for downing drones and cutting through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles.
The MoD has unveiled its laser
“The technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to 10 years of research on the cards – and it won’t be a thing of sleek, space age beauty, looking more like a fridge on a truck than a thing of science fiction!
“But while it might not look the part, its capability will be incredible.”
The lasers melted the mortar shell
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The announcement comes just weeks after China unveiled a laser weapon called The Silent Hunter that can carve up a tank from a kilometre away.
Chinese defence manufacturers have created the powerful James Bond-esque laceration machine in a bid to counter threats.
MoD: "While it might not look the part, its capability will be incredible.”
The new weapons unveiled in Abu Dhabi are alleged to be more powerful than those contained on the USS Ponce, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock of the United States Navy.
Achieving high-tech laser weaponry seems to be the latest objective for militaries around the globe, with the UK and China joined by the likes of Russia, the US and Germany also revealing laser weapons.