A searing hot laser capable of cutting through aircrafts in seconds has been demonstrated for the first time by the Ministry of Defence.
Using their official YouTube channel, the MoD uploaded a clip of the prototype invention melting an 82mm mortar in a matter of seconds.
The research will feed into the Dragonfire programme - a strategy intended to create a laser capable of becoming an alternative to missiles.The idea is to take down drones and cut through the hulls of aircraft and armoured vehicles in a more efficient manner.
The technology is not yet ready to deploy, with another five to ten years of research ahead of it to perfect the system.
The MoD said: '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.'