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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.
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.

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