Around the world interest is growing in using high-power laser beams to disable airborne invaders such as drones and other uncrewed objects.
These so-called directed-energy systems have the potential to damage or destroy small aerial devices at a fraction of the cost of launching conventional defence missiles or munitions. They have the added advantage that they can be reused many times to counter multiple attacks as well as the growing threat of drone swarms.
At QinetiQ, a UK-based technology company specialising in defence and security solutions, around 10 years of research effort into the physics underpinning these directed-energy systems has demonstrated enough potential to start building and testing practical prototypes.
Are you a scientist or engineer who can demonstrate a working knowledge of photonics and laser physics? If so, QinetiQ is keen to hear from you.
QinetiQ is also keen to hear from you if you are working as support staff, and wish to further your academic training, whether for an undergraduate university course or a sponsored PhD.
If you are fresh out of university, you can also join through QinetiQ’s two-year graduate training scheme, which will assign you to a “home” business whilst also offering you six-month placements in other departments.