29.03.2017

NAVY SHIPBOARD LASERS FOR SURFACE, AIR, AND MISSILE DEFENSE - BACKGROUND AND ISSUES FOR CONGRESS

Navy Shipboard Lasers for Surface, Air, and Missile Defense - Background and Issues for Congress

Author(s)                 Ronald O'Rourke
Publisher Congressional Research Service
Date 2014
Pages 57
Format pdf
Size 1.3 Mb

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   Congressional Research Service. Report by Ronald O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs. Official release. Intro - Scope and sources; Terminology used; Background - Overview of the shipboard lasers and major types of lasers under development for future use on board ships, Navy Surface Fleet - generalized vision for shipboard lasers, Various technical challenges, Recent developments, FY2015 funding request; Number of shipboard laser types to develop, Implications for ship design/acquisition; Legislative Activity for FY2015; Figures; Tables; Appendixes. The development work conducted by the DOD, standing for the Department of Defense, in the field of the high-energy lasers and their military applications, has been underway for several decades, and eventually reached the point where it become possible for the lasers to be made ready for the installation on board ships of the Navy fleet. The shipboard lasers of bigger power may also appear to be ready for the installation on board Navy vessels in the nearest future, and they will provide the Navy vessels with the unique ability to counter much wider range of targets, we are now talking about the ranges of up to approximately ten miles... The content of the book will be useful for the people with the interest in contemporary naval technology and warfare.

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