Naval Directed-Energy Weapons — No Longer A Future Weapon Concept

Directed–energy weapon (DEW) technologies typically take the form of HIGH ENERGY LASER (HELs), High-Power Microwave Surface (HPMs), and charged-particle beams. This article focuses on the first two technology areas, as they have reached the point of being ready for operational testing and evaluation, and in some cases, operational use on the battlefield. DEWs have been…

CHAMP Missile Test Flight Knocks Out Electronic Devices With A Burst Of Energy

Science fiction became science fact as a Boeing CHAMP missile knocked out a building full of electronics in the Utah desert at Hill Air Force Base. There was no explosion and no flying shrapnel. There was only the sound of the missile’s engine as it flew overhead and the sputtering of sophisticated computers crashing as…