Accession Number : ADA310485

Title :   Review and Prospects of the United States Directed-Energy Weapons Technology Development in 1994,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Yaping, Zhang

PDF Url : ADA310485

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Directed-energy weapons are new-generation weapons developed on the basis of the new concept of replacing conventional bullets with high-energy-density beams. Technically, directed-energy weapons can be divided into three branches, namely: (1) laser weapons, which can destroy or destabilize targets by using electromagnetic radiation energy beams with a wavelength of less than 1 millimeter; (2) radio-frequency weapons, which can destroy or destabilize targets with radiated electromagnetic energy within the radio spectrum range (the wavelength is more than 1 millimeter and radio frequency less than 300 gigahertz); (3) particle beam weapons, which are capable of destroying or destabilizing targets with neutral high-energy atomic particle beams (usually hydrogen, deuterium and tritium) or charged high-energy atomic or subatomic particle beams.

Descriptors :   *DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS, WEAPONS, SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION, HYDROGEN, ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, LASER WEAPONS, TRANSLATIONS, DEUTERIUM, RADIOFREQUENCY, CHINA, ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA, BEAMS(ELECTROMAGNETIC), CHINESE LANGUAGE, TRITIUM, PARTICLE BEAM WEAPONS.

Subject Categories : Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE