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Global Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Technologies and Market Forecast to 2025

Global Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Technologies and Market Forecast to 2025

The global Directed Energy Weapons market, valued at US$ 1.7 billion in 2017, is projected grow at a CAGR of 11.5%, to value US$ 4 billion by 2025. The cumulative market for global expenditure on Directed Energy Weapons is valued at US$ 21 billion over the forecast period. Directed Energy Weapons are attracting ever-increasing R&D funds and there is no military organization and branch that’s not looking into ways to integrate them into their arsenal. Find out more in this ASD report.

U.S. Forces Growing Confident in Prospect of Directed Energy

U.S. Forces Growing Confident in Prospect of Directed Energy

As the technology evolves, nations worldwide are keeping a finger on the pulse of directed energy (DE) and the opportunities it could entail for accurate, powerful and cost-effective weapons systems of the future. As with most experimental developments, most eyes are trained on the activity taking place in the United States, where significant investment is being made to further this progress.

Non-Lethal Directed Energy Systems Solutions

Non-Lethal Directed Energy Systems Solutions

Directed energy represents a range of fledgling technology, some of which may well prove to be game-changers for the future of law enforcement. Investment into the research, development, and procurement of non-lethal weapons for law enforcement has recently included crowd control systems such as tear gases, malodorants, water cannons, sticky foam and electroshock solutions – all with varying degrees of success.

Distributed Lethality Updates

Distributed Lethality Updates

The updates which took place in the directed energy space in 2016. This collection of articles further dive into the space of next generation munitions, directed energy systems (DES) and electromagnetic railguns.

Top 3 Game Changers for the Navy's Directed Energy

Top 3 Game Changers for the Navy's Directed Energy

This interactive content is your update on the Navy's Solid State Lasers (SSLs), Electromagnetic Railguns (EMRGs), and Hyper Velocity Projectiles (HVPs). It includes the FY2017 budget, SSL, EMRG and HVP advantages, limitations and missions, depth of magazine & cost exchange ratio benefits, and more!

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Demonstration Aboard USS Ponce

Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Demonstration Aboard USS Ponce

The U.S. Navy has released this footage of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Operational demonstration aboard USS Ponce. Directed Energy Systems & Next Generation Munitions will feature experts and decision-makers as well as those specializing in new naval DE solutions.

Directed Energy Systems 2017 - Survey Results - Infographic

Directed Energy Systems 2017 - Survey Results - Infographic

Defence IQ consulted over 300 people involved in the international defense and security arena to find out the prevalent opinions on the Directed Energy issues of today. We made some interesting findings, including the fact that most of these people are concerned that potential adversaries will develop their own high capability DE systems in the next five years, and that the biggest obstacle to operational use of these systems is the risk of collateral damage
Changing the Game: The Promise of Directed-Energy Weapons

Changing the Game: The Promise of Directed-Energy Weapons

This report, from Mark Gunzinger and Chris Dougherty of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), examines DE as a particularly promising source of operational advantage for the military. The unique attributes of future DE capabilities—the ability to create precise, tailorable effects against multiple targets near-instantaneously and at a very low cost per shot—have great potential to help defence ministries break from a programme of procuring increasingly expensive military technologies with diminishing operational returns.

2017 Directed Energy Audience Demographics

2017 Directed Energy Audience Demographics

Last year the first Directed Energy & Next Generation Munitions event attracted a broad range of attendance from the across the US and international communities, bringing together all those actively involved in Directed Energy systems development and integration to engage with and collaborate on future projects. Take a look at the Audience breakdown to see who attended our premier event! 

Pentagon Targets Airborne Laser Platforms For Missile Defense and Special Operations

Pentagon Targets Airborne Laser Platforms For Missile Defense and Special Operations

While each of the U.S. armed services is developing directed energy technology largely for defense against small, weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) wants to mount a laser on a UAV to attack enemy ballistic missiles.
Directed Energy Views from Lt Gen Bradley Heithold & COL (R) John Haithcock

Directed Energy Views from Lt Gen Bradley Heithold & COL (R) John Haithcock

We take a look into how Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, envisions the Department of Defense’s Directed Energy Roadmap coming together, if there will be a single program executive, or committee comprised of multiple offices providing oversight of this plan, and his perspective on directed energy as current Principal Deputy Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. We also get perspectives from COL (R) John Haithcock, Director, Fires Battle Lab, US Army Fires Center of Excellence (FCOE) on the development of the Army Counter UAS Strategy and what FCoE’s plans are for integrating Directed Energy into that plan. Also how the Fires Battle Lab and FCoE are testing and determining what unit level SHORAD capabilities will look like for the current and future fight.
Directed Energy Systems: Analyzing the Myths and Misconceptions

Directed Energy Systems: Analyzing the Myths and Misconceptions

In spite of the rapid progress of directed energy systems, there remains a wealth of uphill challenges for the market. In particular, there is an enormous amount of uncertainty when it comes to the true costs and capabilities of these systems, not to mention how much pressure other issues will place on their development, from safety to legal considerations.

Application of System Readiness Level to research and development

Application of System Readiness Level to research and development

This paper combines the concepts of technology, integration and manufacturing readiness levels, adapted for use in defense acquisition, into a single metric, System Readiness Level (SRL), that can be used as a clear indicator to identify areas for resource allocation to enable the most efficient and effective path to technology transition.

Directed Energy 2016 in Review

Directed Energy 2016 in Review

Defence IQ provides an easy-to-digest summary of some of the most interesting developments we’ve seen taking place over the last year of DE development worldwide, from military field tests to private sector prototypes.
US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser

US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser

The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.
With no bullets, Mobile High-Energy Laser shoots drones from sky

With no bullets, Mobile High-Energy Laser shoots drones from sky

A Stryker combat vehicle equipped with a 5kW laser and an array of sensors spent several minutes scanning the horizon for a wayward "enemy" drone.