Share Email Print

Proceedings Paper

The Directed Energy Program for Ballistic Missile Defense
Author(s): L. C. Marquet
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) utilize a variety of techniques to concentrate destructive levels of energy over vast distances almost instantaneously. For this reason, directed energy systems are considered to be candidate weapons for intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM's) as they are being launched, and before they are able to release their multiple, independently targeted reentry vehicles (MIRV'S bearing nuclear warheads. Considerable leverage is gained by the defense since a single missile killed during this boost phase will eliminate not only 6 to 10 RV's, but also perhaps hundreds of decoys which would otherwise be deployed to confuse and saturate subsequent defense layers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 January 1986
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0551, Adaptive Optics, (16 January 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.948983
Show Author Affiliations
L. C. Marquet, Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0551:
Adaptive Optics
Jacques E. Ludman, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top