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!
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.
Check out the most unforgettable moments from the week in the Post Show Report. Included in the report is a list of our top speakers, attending companies, top benefits of attending, sights of DES17 and what our attendees had to say. Download today or email us to get it right in your inbox
Prior to the upcoming Directed Energy Systems Summit this June 25th - 27th in Washington DC, we took a look at some of the latest developments taking place in the directed energy space. There has yet to be significant progress in directed energy weapons and although the technology for the most part is here, lasers have to get more efficient and reliable for contracts to be issued and operational implementation to begin. Congress has authorized roughly $2.4 billion on R&D work into new weapon technologies for 2018. This huge amount of funds is working to make lasers and railguns a reality. This infographic gives a timeline of what the US Military is currently developing to maintain its status as the world's military leader.
Ahead of the Summit, we sat down with Colonel Richard Haggerty and Dr. Boris Zhdanov to discuss:
- How the FY 2018 budget appropriations affected directed energy (DE) programs
- Where DE acquisition and force integration is heading in FY 2019
- Priorities for research and development
Colonel Haggerty is currently the ninth Project Manager for Instrumentation, Targets, Threat Simulators and SOF Training Systems (PM ITTS) at PEO STRI, U.S. Army. And Dr. Zhdanov currently is a Senior Scientist at the Laser and Optics Research Center (LORC) at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA).
Both Colonel Haggerty and Dr. Zhdanov will be speaking at the Directed Energy Systems Summit.