Review and Prospects of the United States Directed-Energy Weapons Technology Development in 1994,
NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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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.
- Directed Energy Weapons