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1 June 1990 Directed-energy overview
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Proceedings Volume 1225, High-Power Gas Lasers; (1990)
Event: OE/LASE '90, 1990, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Directed energy weapons can add significantly to the effectiveness of a Strategic Defense System (SDS) by complementing the capabilty of phase I kinetic energy weapons. Component development for each of the directed energy concepts is progressing well. The chemical laser and neutral particle beam programs are nearing the stage where component integration tests are essential for establishing engineering proof-of-principle. For the somewhat less mature ground-based free electron laser technology, device development will be emphasized during the next several years. Development of the acquisition, tracking and pointing (ATP) program will continue at a fast pace, with an exciting proof-of-principle test to occur in space in early 1990. The directed energy program remains on track to provide information to support a national decision on strategic defense in the 1991/1993 timeframe.
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Neil Griff "Directed-energy overview", Proc. SPIE 1225, High-Power Gas Lasers, (1 June 1990);


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