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Review of Directed Energy Technology for Countering Rockets, Artillery, and Mortars (RAM): Abbreviated Version

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The United States Army is looking for ways to defend against missile and mortar attacks. In this book, the National Research Council assesses a plan to create a 100 kW mobile, solid-state, laser weapon that could defend an area several kilometers in diameter.

The NRC provides several recommendations:

  • A 100 kW Laser is of limited value, so the program's goal should be a 400 kW weapon.
  • The Army should proceed with the program in stages, focusing first on a rugged transportable platform for the weapon using existing 25 kW laser technology, then directing resources toward 100kW and 400 kW weapons.
  • The Army should perform a detailed, quantitative study of the effectiveness of a high energy, solid-state laser weapon against future threats.
  • The Army should continue to participate in U.S.-based and international research on high-energy lasers and related equipment. The committee found substantial benefits for the Army's solid-state laser program from other programs outside the Army.
  • The Army should conduct risk-assessments that investigate the effects that a high energy laser may have on other airborne platforms in the vicinity of the target.
  • The Army should study eye safety for both the operators of the laser and for civilians. The results of these studies should be integrated into the development of the weapon.

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National Research Council. 2008. Review of Directed Energy Technology for Countering Rockets, Artillery, and Mortars (RAM): Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12008.

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42 pages | 6 x 9
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  • Paperback: 978-0-309-11171-3
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-17880-8
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/12008
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