Accession Number : ADA323342

Title :   Directed Energy Weapons Testing Raises Issues.

Corporate Author : ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

PDF Url : ADA323342

Report Date : 20 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Testing directed energy weapons (DEWs) represents a special challenge to the 21st Century tester. Continuing research and development of lasers and high-power microwave devices drives a need for the test community to create the test technology needed to evaluate these new devices. As in other types of weaponry, the tester must devise testing procedures for the two aspects (1) measuring the effects of the weapons directed against a threat target, and (2) measuring the resistive characteristics of our equipment to attack from a DEW. To appreciate the tester's challenge, let's look at the three categories of DEW's (1) lasers, (2) high-power microwave (HPM), and (3) charged particle beam (CPB) devices, and some related test issues.

Descriptors :   *LASER WEAPONS, *WEAPONS EFFECTS, *PARTICLE BEAM WEAPONS, TEST AND EVALUATION, MICROWAVES, LASER BEAMS, THREAT EVALUATION, LASER SAFETY, LASER HAZARDS, DRIVES(ELECTRONICS), TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, LASER DAMAGE, PARTICLE BEAMS, LASER TARGETS, MICROWAVE BEAMS.

Subject Categories : Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE