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Military applications of the laser weapons in the future battlefield
Author(s): Hasan Celik; Saban Adana; Erhan Yahsi
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Paper Abstract

Contemporary operating environment requires a wide range of tools to respond to a myriad of regular and irregular threats. Accordingly, conventional weapons do not suffice in some cases. As technology improves exponentially, the dominance of conventional weapons is slowly fading away by the advances in laser technology. This study first outlines the characteristics of laser weapons, then provides the military applications of them in land, maritime, air and space domains and finally exhibits implications for battlefield functions. This study concludes that any country that is seeking primacy in military terms must allocate extra time and resources to obtain this emerging technology. Since it seems that there are not adequate studies about the military applications and operational concepts of the laser weapons, this study tries to increase awareness about their potential advantages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2013
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8733, Laser Technology for Defense and Security IX, 873309 (23 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.1518459
Show Author Affiliations
Hasan Celik, Turkish War College (Turkey)
Saban Adana, Turkish War College (Turkey)
Erhan Yahsi, Turkish War College (Turkey)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8733:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security IX
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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