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Recent developments and near term directions for Navy laser weapons system (LaWS) testbed
Author(s): Robert J Pawlak
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Paper Abstract

The Laser Weapons System (LaWS) testbed has been a demonstrator of many High Energy Laser (HEL)-related technologies for the Navy. LaWS employs a sharedaperture design with incoherent beam combining, and makes extensive use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies in the areas of inertial sensing, fiber lasers, sensors, and video trackers. Since the system has demonstrated the art of the possible with COTS elements, it is useful to examine where performance can be increased with the greatest possible effect, as well as which modifications are necessary to support better integration with ships’ systems. A review of past test events, architectures, and further plans will be provided, while emphasizing the past and future evolution of the LaWS system. These evolutions will relate within the context of technical drivers that most affected system development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 November 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8547, High-Power Lasers 2012: Technology and Systems, 854705 (8 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.976031
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Robert J Pawlak, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. Dahlgren Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8547:
High-Power Lasers 2012: Technology and Systems
Harro Ackermann; Willy L. Bohn, Editor(s)

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