directed-energy weapon


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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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Boeing has also shown interest in using directed-energy weapons to defeat the artillery threat.
The laser beam projected by a directed-energy weapon tends to suffer the same fate.
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).
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.
By combining Ionatron's revolutionary LIPC technology with DRS's mobile power and energy management systems, mobility platforms, sensors and other supporting technologies, this agreement accelerates the development and early fielding of this new breed of directed-energy weapon to the U.
Interest in directed-energy weapons has been growing within the U.
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.
After reading Maj Jack Sine's article "Defining the 'Precision Weapon' in Effects-Based Terms" (Spring 2006), I will be interested to see how the concept of circular error probable is applied to anticipated directed-energy weapons.
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Microwave guns and other directed-energy weapons "could bring advantages to the battlefield in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where U.

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