Directed Energy Weapons (DEW)

Directed Energy

Challenge

Getting DEW systems into the warfighters hands is supported by compact and affordable weapon systems.  Current activities are addressing how small and compact a laser weapon system can be developed. 

Solution

Our modeling and simulation capabilities are being leveraged to support laser lethality and details on how conventional weapons are detonated by laser heating.  This combination of modeling and system design is being used to support development of new laser weapons concepts to address evolving customer needs.

Impact

We are developing the lowest size, weight and power high energy laser (HEL) weapon system available.

Test and Evaluation

Weapons Development, Testing, and Effects

From penetration and detonation underground, to air-blast, to a nuclear attack against U.S. satellites in space, ARA scientists and engineers... more