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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
Defense contractor agrees follow-on contract with US Army Space and Missile Command for 10 kW solid-state system.
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.
40 kW system using fiber lasers supplied by IPG Photonics completes deployment sequence on towed shell targets.
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
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.
As the technology evolves, nations worldwide are keeping a finger on the pulse of directed energy (DE) and the opportunities it could entail for accurate, powerful and cost-effective weapons systems of the future. As with most experimental developments, most eyes are trained on the activity taking place in the United States, where significant investment is being made to further this progress...
Rheinmetall Air Defence AG and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH are currently undertaking some of the most cutting-edge technological programmes in Europe as they continue to develop and test Directed Energy (DE) applications for military use. It is therefore appropriate that Colonel Fabian Ochsner, chief of ground based air defence at the Swiss Air Force and VP of Rheinmetall Air Defence, will be chairing the annual Directed Energy Systems symposium in London this coming February...
Realising the potential of directed energy systems in the current climate is extremely important to military budgets, where efficient, deep magazine capabilities can deliver long term savings whilst simultaneously enhancing defence capability. Recognising this need, Boeing has grown a range of systems in this field and has this year broke new ground. More on this topic will be revealed at the official Boeing DES update at Directed Energy Systems 2014.
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…
Take a look at who is coming to the 2017 Directed Energy Systems Summit today.