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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Military System Applications of Superconductors
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The Task Force found a number of superconductivity applications that could result in significant new military capabilities, including electronics and high power applications. In particular, superconducting materials could enable significant military improvements in Magnetic Field Sensors with greatly increased sensitivity for improved detection and identification capability Passive Microwave and Millimeter-wave Components enabling increased detection range and discrimination in clutter Staring Infrared Focal Plane Array sensors incorporating superconducting electronics permitting significant range and sensitivity increases over current scanning IR sensors Wideband Analog and Ultra-Fast Digital Signal Processing for radar and optical sensors High Power Motors and Generators for ship and aircraft propulsion leading to decreased displacement drive system flexibility increased range or longer endurance on station MagnetsEnergy Storage for high power microwave, millimeter-wave or optical generators e.g., free electron laser capability for powering quiet propulsion systems Electro-Magnetic Launchers capable of launching hypervelocity projectiles for antiarmor weapons and close-in ship defense weapons and Magnetohydrodynamic MHD Propulsion enabling ultra quiet drives for submarines, torpedoes, and surface ships.
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