Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Directed Energy Weapons ADS

Test Results Show Active Denial System As Nonlethal Weapon

An operational version of the Active Denial System is shown. It is an invisible, counter personnel, directed-energy weapon

Wright-Patterson AFB OH (AFPN) Sep 30, 2008Air Force Research Laboratory officials here recently completed an extensive bioeffects research program for an invisible, counter personnel, directed-energy weapon known as the Active Denial System.
Data showed that millimeter waves do not promote cancer or cause reproductive problems, and researchers also defined skin and eye exposure thresholds, as well as levels at which effective repel occurs.
Results demonstrate that the Denial System, or ADS, can be used operationally while maintaining a significant safety margin, thus making the device a landmark nonlethal weapon.
The bioeffects research effort also assisted hardware developers in their design of the novel weapon. The ADS program marks the first instance wherein a nonlethal weapon was founded on bioeffects research occurring prior to, rather than subsequent to, the weapons development process.
AFRL officials have been involved in researching the operationally useful effects of millimeter waves for almost 20 years....

Northrop Grumman builds laser for AF

Northrop Grumman Space Technology delivered to the Air Force a high-energy laser that represents a milestone for the weapon's development in the South Bay, the Redondo Beach-based company said Monday.
Known as the Vesta II, the 2,000-pound laser is the first production-line, high-energy laser Space Technology has produced.
"It's the first time that mature (or proven) high-energy, solid-state laser technology has been packaged into a stand-alone, compact laser system that can be produced repeatedly at the company's `laser factory' in Redondo Beach," Northrop spokesman Bob Bishop said in an e-mail.
The delivery is important because it marks the transition from development of high-energy lasers to manufacturing, Bishop said.
In January 2007, Space Technology opened the Directed Energy Production Facility, its Redondo Beach facility to produce high-energy laser weapons.
The new facility was created to allow for volume production of high-energy lasers for air, sea and ground military uses.

Weapons in Space?
Of all the risky “transformation” initiatives championed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the one receiving the least media attention is the weaponization of space. Shortly before arriving for his second tour at the Pentagon, Rumsfeld chaired a commission calling for the U.S. government to vigorously pursue “the option to deploy weapons in space to deter threats and, if necessary, defend against attacks on U.S. interests.”[1]

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