Direct Energy C/Ms
mattm's picture
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Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 11:10

The Royal Navy has confirmed plans to trial direct-energy weapons for use on ships and helos for anti-drone and anti-missile applications. There are obvious parellels with requirements for countermeasure systems on Endeavour.

There's been debate here about whether a close-in defence "phalanx" system should be based on kinetic-energy or direct-energy (or both).




NeerajA's picture

Using directed-energy for close-in defence would make sense given we wouldn't have to store a whole bunch of ammo. But would the power required to run that many lasers at the necessary intensity be too much of a power drain? A phalanx system would require a lot of them.