Klunder leads the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which has worked with the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and others to make powerful directed-energy weapons
20) The rapid responsiveness of directed-energy weapons
makes them particularly useful against high-speed patrol boats or surface-effect craft, which can effectively outmaneuver conventional gun systems.
for the destruction of explosives are already in use.
But of the various types of directed-energy weapons
under development, the closest to being fielded are those that use lasers.
legislators defending its study on the feasibility of directed-energy weapons
Under this agreement, DRS and Ionatron will work collaboratively to capture business opportunities in directed-energy weapons
and tactical-grade power management systems and mobility platforms with initial fielding of these advanced technologies focused on the U.
Navy leaders have made directed-energy weapons
a top priority to counter asymmetric threats, including unmanned and light aircraft and small attack boats that could be used to deny U.
Douglas Beason, a retired Air Force colonel, has assembled a technical but readable text on directed-energy weapons
and their impact on modern warfare.
Just a year ago, the Pentagon's science advisors warned that a lack of progress in the development of directed-energy weapons
has resulted in a significant decline in interest and support for these technologies.
be more revolutionary than the longbow, machine gun, stealth airplane, cruise missile, nuclear submarine, or nuclear bomb," Beason argues that directed-energy weapons
represent the next development in the "revolution in military affairs.
Thermobaric weapons, for instance, which employ kinetic energy have been called directed-energy weapons
, rather than the laser energy often associated with that category of weapons.
But it can be assumed that low-power, tunable FELs are also under development for EW purposes as short-distance directed-energy weapons