Accession Number:

ADA282915

Title:

Department of Defense High Power Laser Program Guidance

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

PHILLIPS LAB KIRTLAND AFB NM

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-06-06

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

The DoD investment of nominally 200 million per year is focused on four high power laser HPL concepts Space-Based Laser SBL, a Ballistic Missile Defense Organization effort that addresses boost-phase intercept for Theater Missile Defense and National Missile Defense, Airborne Laser ABL, an Air Force effort that addresses boost-phase intercept for Theater Missile Defense, Ground-Based Laser GBL, an Air Force effort addressing space control, and Anti-Ship Missile Defense ASMD, a Navy effort addressing ship-based defense. Each organization is also supporting technology development with the goal of achieving less expensive, brighter, and lighter high power laser systems. These activities represent the building blocks of the DoD program to exploit the compelling characteristics of the high power laser. Even though DoDs HPL program are focused and moderately strong, additional emphasis in a few technical areas could help reduce risk in these programs. In addition, a number of options are available for continuing to use the High-Energy Laser System Test Facility HELSTF at White Sands Missile Range. This report provides a brief overview and guidance for the five efforts which comprise the DoD HPL program SBL, ABL, GBL, ASMD, HELSTF. Laser, ST Program, Directed Energy Weapon, HELSTF, TMD

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE