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Directed-energy overview
Author(s): Neil Griff
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Paper Abstract

Directed energy weapons can add significantly to the effectiveness of a Strategic Defense System (SDS) by complementing the capabilty of phase I kinetic energy weapons. Component development for each of the directed energy concepts is progressing well. The chemical laser and neutral particle beam programs are nearing the stage where component integration tests are essential for establishing engineering proof-of-principle. For the somewhat less mature ground-based free electron laser technology, device development will be emphasized during the next several years. Development of the acquisition, tracking and pointing (ATP) program will continue at a fast pace, with an exciting proof-of-principle test to occur in space in early 1990. The directed energy program remains on track to provide information to support a national decision on strategic defense in the 1991/1993 timeframe.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 28 pages
Proc. SPIE 1225, High-Power Gas Lasers, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18527
Show Author Affiliations
Neil Griff, Strategic Defense Initiative Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1225:
High-Power Gas Lasers
Petras V. Avizonis; Charles Freed; Jin J. Kim; Frank K. Tittel, Editor(s)

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