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directed-energy weapon

A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a system that uses directed energy, such as a particle beam, high-energy laser, laser zapper, high-powered and microwaves, primarily as a direct means to damage or destroy enemy equipment, facilities, and personnel. Whereas conventional weapons rely on either the kinetic or chemical energy of a sizable projectile to cause casualties and target damage, directed-energy weapons produce these effects by depositing energy on the target by bombarding them with either subatomic particles or electromagnetic waves at or near the speed of light.
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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 a reality.
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.
Directed-energy weapons for the destruction of explosives are already in use.
Directed-energy weapons are beam devices, such as lasers, designed to intercept and destroy incoming missiles by beaming energy into them (SN: 2/15/86, p.
We also continued to build and effectively utilize our large and growing staff of engineers and scientists to develop market-leading products and to make advances in the technology of LGE and LIPC directed-energy weapons.
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.
But it can be assumed that low-power, tunable FELs are also under development for EW purposes as short-distance directed-energy weapons.
Almost two years ago, the AmericanPhysical Society (APS) drew together a study group of 15 distinguished physicists, some of whom are associated with laboratories that do significant amounts of defense-related research, to study the scientific and technological feasibility of these directed-energy weapons (DEW).
Other technological disappointments are the space-based radar and directed-energy weapons.
Interest in directed-energy weapons has been growing within the U.
Powering Microwave Weapons: The Air Force is getting ready to take delivery of a Russian-built, 15 million watt electrical generator that might someday be used to power exotic directed-energy weapons.
Deployment of both low and high power directed-energy weapons will always be controversial because some people view them as inhumane devices, Kelly said.

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