Directed Energy Effectiveness Studies

Posted on March 5, 2018 | Completed on June 1, 2017 | By: Daniel Whipp

What studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of directed energy weapons against air systems?

DSIAC staff were requested to research and compile a list of studies that have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of directed energy (DE) weapons (e.g., high and low energy lasers, radio frequency weapons, and high powered microwave threats) against air systems (e.g., fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, unmanned aerial systems [UAS], and swarming UAS). Similarly, DSIAC staff were asked to identify models designed to compute DE weapon effectiveness. DSIAC subject matter experts (SMEs) rapidly proposed numerous applicable models and methodologies as well as organizations and points of contact (POCs) across the DoD and beyond who are known to have conducted such DE weapon effectiveness studies. Recommended POCs were contacted while a literature search on the R&E Gateway was also conducted. The inquirer was provided a bibliography along with a synopsis of objectives and results from relevant DE studies.

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