direct energy weapons

air forceUS military accelerating useful combat laser testing this year for deployments 2020-2022

Four Star General Carlton Everhart, head of Air Mobility Commmand (AMC), told Air Force Times he wants to begin exploring this capability on a KC-135 refueling tanker in 2018. He took steps to get a KC-135 to the Air Force …

diamondsPractical Continuous Room Temperature Masers using Diamonds

Physicists at Imperial College London can now produce a continuous maser beam in room-temperature conditions. The set-up involves shining a laser light through a diamond, sapphire and copper apparatus to create the microwave emission. The sensitivity of existing microwave amplifiers …

direct energy weaponsUS Air Force 2050 looks at Precision urban fighting with lasers and microwaves

US Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein has added urban warfare to his list of top focus areas. * The US Air Force may not be well equipped to handle precise urban warfare. * 80 percent of humanity will …

direct energy weaponsLockheed uses 30 kilowatt laser for drone shootdown test

Lockheed has released a video of the 30-kilowatt Advanced Test High Energy Asset or ATHENA laser. The footage is from a test in New Mexico last month, where ATHENA took out 5 unmanned drones during target practice. And if somehow …

combat laserUK Shows off mockup of 50 kw combat laser mounted in turret

The UK showed a mockup of a 50 kw Dragon Fire combat laser mounted in a turret. Dragonfire system will be a 50kW class directed energy weapon designed for use on both land and sea. Laser weapons have key advantages …

armyUS adding lasers and anti-aircraft missiles to armored vehicles

Boeing modernized its 1980s-era Avenger air defense system to answer the Army’s call to fill its Short-range Air Defense gap within the maneuver force. The Avenger first came off the production line at Boeing in 1987 and is known for …

air forceUS Air Force Research lab working on externally mounted pods with combat lasers and power systems

Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias told Scout Warrior in an exclusive interview that the AFRL (Air Force Research Lab) is already working on experimental demonstrator laser weapons able to bolt-on to an aircraft. The AFRL is working on externally-mounted …

combat laser5 kilowatt combat laser was test fired from a Stryker armored vehicle

5 kilowatt combar lasers were placed on a Stryker armored vehicle and shot down drones in a test fire exercise. A Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser was used shoot down an 18-by-10-inch drone at a distance of 650 yards. In …

direct energy weaponsUS Navy To Field New Drones, Combat Lasers and ships with Railguns

The US Navy is making progress developing unmanned systems and directed energy weapons. Congress would like to see more effort operationalizing and fielding these technologies. The Navy has done a good job getting test versions of the laser weapon system …