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Lasers Building Momentum as Viable Directed Energy Systems; High Power RF Holds Promise in Non-Lethals
Technology limitations currently limit laser power output, but work in the US and Europe is progressing to the point where laser-based weapons have demonstrated their viability as the underpinnings of directed energy systems that can be used for C-RAM, counter UAV and other applications as alternative or in addition to conventional systems as well as counteracting new threat scenarios. High power RF capabilities are also being explored, but a practical use case remains largely centred on in the area of non-lethals, with the US Active Denial System (ADS) system the most prolific example to date. However the initial usage case appears to have been overstated and the system may find more applicability in static environments, using the system in conjunction with EO/IR and radar sensors.