Air Force asks industry for laser weapons and high-power microwaves to defend against cruise missiles

Weapons prototypes should be modular and modifiable to support upgrades architectures for fixed, transportable, and mobile basing, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace Electronics.

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – U.S. Air Force directed-energy weapons experts are surveying industry for enabling technologies for an upcoming experiment to use high-power laser weapons or high-power microwaves to destroy or disable incoming cruise missiles, writes John Keller for Military & Aerospace Electronics. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

September 11, 2019 -The USAF says that interested parties need to ensure the prototype laser weapons and high-power microwaves should be able to integrate with existing missile-defense equipment like target-acquisition and -engagement radars, and command and control networks, and should include electrical power and thermal management. In addition, researchers are especially interested in a high-energy laser system able to accommodate future airborne relay mirror options, with a cooperative adaptive optics uplink to the relay. The USAF wants low life cycle costs, high reliability, and minimal support equipment for this project.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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