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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is performing tests of directed energy (DE) systems in a wind tunnel to prepare the technology for airborne use. AFRL is working with the Aerodynamics Branch of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, which is helping the Air Force take directed energy systems airborne.
Directed energy systems use high-energy lasers or microwaves to degrade or destroy threats and targets.
“There is a growing interest for directed energy systems within the [Department of Defense] for many purposes, especially defending our systems and personnel,” said Rich Roberts, chief of the Aerodynamics Branch Store Separation Section. “There are a number of systems in…READ MORE