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"Directed energy is a game-changing technology" - Insights from Colonel E. Thompson, Air Combat Command US Air Force

"Directed energy is a game-changing technology" - Insights from Colonel E. Thompson, Air Combat Command US Air Force

In the run-up to Directed Energy Systems 2018, we had the opportunity to discuss with Colonel Michael E. Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems (A5/8ZW), HQ Air Combat Command USAF and speaker at the event. He provides here an exclusive preview of this brief at the conference and share insights on what Directed Energy Systems mean for the USAF and how they are using them, the challenges they are encountering and what is the reality of implementing the technology onto a F-35.

Achieving military dominance with directed energy weapons

Achieving military dominance with directed energy weapons

In this exclusive statement, Lt. Gen. (USAF Ret.) Henry A. “Trey” Obering III, Executive Vice President, Directed Energy, Booz Allen Hamilton and speaker at Directed Energy Systems 2018 explores the opportunity Directed Energy Weapons present to achieve military dominance. While the U.S.’ projections for investment reach $30 billion over the next ten years with plans to deploy them on land vehicles, aircraft, helicopters and ships, the race to successfully accomplish this before an adversary does has begun. 
Operationalising directed energy onto platforms: Opportunities and challenges

Operationalising directed energy onto platforms: Opportunities and challenges

In this exclusive interview with Colonel Sean Wilson, Officer in Charge, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities of U.S. Army Europe and speaker at the conference, learn more about what limitations have been found during the Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser (MEHEL) test, what type of threats the technology should be able to counter in the future and what challenges militaries face when it comes to making directed energy operational onto platforms.

Inside the rapidly growing directed energy systems market

Inside the rapidly growing directed energy systems market

A lot is currently happening in the directed energy systems space. Seen as potential game changers in future military activities. Able to engage rapidly and precisely with agile targets at a low cost, they are seen as potential game changers for future military activities, particularly for countering a variety of threats, such as UAVs, adversary artillery or missiles. 

Ahead of this year’s Directed Energy Systems conference, Defence IQ selected key programmes and news from all around the world. In this news digest are included, among others:
  • The US Air Force’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office’s request for information to industry partners to counter UAVs with directed energy
  • The UK’s potential integration of directed energy onto its newly unveiled ‘Tempest’ aircraft
  • South Korea’s plans to build a counter-UAVs laser weapon system