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- Boeing lands $16M laser weapon follow-up
Defense contractor agrees follow-on contract with US Army Space and Missile Command for 10 kW solid-state system.
- MBDA's laser weapon destroys artillery models
40 kW system using fiber lasers supplied by IPG Photonics completes deployment sequence on towed shell targets.
- Why progress is slow for directed energy at land, air and sea
Use of directed energy weapons, whether for land, air or naval defence, could well be the gateway to 21st century force protection, but to date, forward momentum on a true transition to this capability has left something to be desired. Two of the distinguished speakers at Directed Energy Systems 2013 offer their own perspectives on why R&D has been dragging its heels…
- Directed Energy Systems Sector Update 2012
In recent years advancements in Directed Energy Systems have been slow and hardly moved out of the laboratories, however, 2012 saw a series of successful prototype development testing. This sees an important move for directed energy as it is now being prepared for the battlefield.
Rheinmetall Demos 50kW 'HEL' Laser Weapon
Rheinmetall, the global technology company focused on defence and automotive systems, says it has successfully tested its new 50kW high energy laser (HEL)-based weapon technology demonstrator
Lockheed Laser Downs Rocket Targets
Lockheed Martin says that its 10 kW portable fibre laser weapon has shot down small-caliber rocket targets in recent tests – the latest demonstration to highlight the rapid progress being made in the emerging field.
Directed Energy Systems 2012 Event Review
Review and Q&A transcript of the last years event.
- Shift in mind-set vital if Directed Energy Weapons to be operational in theatre
From the blog entry “Is Directed Energy Destined to Remain in the Realms of Fantasy?” By Mark Eastwood, Producer, Directed Energy Systems 2013, Defence IQ
Interview With Directed Energy Systems 2013 Speaker, Dr Palíšek
Dr Palíšek has been working in the field of high power electromagnetic effects on electronic systems for over a decade and has done research with high power microwaves for the Czech Ministry of Defence. Defence IQ recently sat down with him to discuss his work with directed energy systems...
The role of the European Working Group in Directed Energy and Non-Lethal Weapons
Defence IQ talks to Rear Admiral Massimo Annati (Ret’d) about the work of the European Working group within non-lethal weapons and the current projects being carried out in Directed Energy among European Countries.
US Air Combat Command on current Directed Energy Systems programmes
Col. Joseph Skaja talks to Defence IQ about the “Directed Energy Enabling Concept”, the first step on the road to creating TTPs for directed energy systems. Additionally, Col. Skaja talks about working jointly for DES across the DoD.
US Marines employing non-lethal weapons for COIN
Defence IQ speaks to Colonel Tracy Tafolla, USMC, at the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, who provides us with an overview of NLW in current operations and why they are particularly useful for counter insurgency scenarios. He provides here a basis for the use and concept of NLW for counterinsurgency efforts, the environmental hazards that these systems must pay heed to, and the future development of technologies that can put down the “vast majority of human targets”. Listen to the interview, or read the full transcript available in the Articles section.