Accession Number:

ADA589883

Title:

Viable Short-Term Directed Energy Weapon Naval Solutions: A Systems Analysis of Current Prototypes

Descriptive Note:

Capstone project rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Report Date:

2013-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

463.0

Abstract:

With conventional weapons nearing their peak capability, the need to identify alternative war fighting solutions suggests a look at Directed Energy Weapons DEWs. The goal is to change the means by which warfare is conducted to improve operational efficiencies and overall effectiveness. The Naval Postgraduate School Systems Engineering and Analysis SEA-19B Capstone project team examined how existing directed energy technologies can provide performance across multiple warfare area domains and mission subsets for the U.S. Navy. The aim was to identify and characterize the capability gaps with conventional weapons systems, produce a coherent vision of naval missions that incorporate DEWs, and generate a roadmap for a DEW fleet. By conducting a thorough Analysis of Alternatives based on system performance, integration, schedule, and cost, the project team identified that the Tactical Laser System with a laser beam power of 10 kW provided the best overall capability to defend surface combatants, although none of the analyzed DEWs have the capability to replace a current conventional weapon. The Active Denial System microwave provided a niche capability in the Anti-TerrorismForce Protection mission set.

Subject Categories:

  • Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE