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.
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This is an extremely important factor if the FEL is to be used as a directed-energy weapon. The passage of such high-energy beams through the air creates some very unusual, highly undesirable and not yet fully understood physical phenomena.
We estimate that even in the best of circumstances, a decade or more of intensive research would be required to provide the technical knowledge needed for an informed decision about the potential effectiveness and survivability of directed-energy weapon systems.'
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"We are looking at whether you can demonstrate a mobile directed-energy weapon on a Humvee," he said in an interview.
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Navy leaders have made directed-energy weapons a top priority to counter asymmetric threats.

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