Indian Laser and Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Capabilities

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    10kW for taking down UAVs. Future Destroyers will use 100kW solid state laser weapon, both for offence and defence. Firing for 1st time will consume much energy, reload time depends on that and cooling quickly. First Railgun by US was able to burst only once. But ours will be different from theirs. It will happen as missiles will be toys of past.
    Railgun too is under development (or probably in study) in India for P18 DDGs and Indian Navy's plan 2031. Though, I have no details of Indian Railgun project, I only know that there was a research paper published by DRDO over the project (somebody told actually). If someone can get me? I'm unable to find.
     
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    DRDO developing high energy beam weapons; project likely to be completed by 2017[​IMG]
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    India's DRDO is developing directed energy weapons that can beam high energy (laser, electromagnetic, microwaves) to take on a UAV or ballistic missiles. In Picture: An Indian army soldier stands guard next to an Indian army's communications and radar facility at the India-Pakistan border near Amritsar, May 25, 2002.Reuters

    In what is being dubbed as Star Wars-like weapons, India's premier defence research lab Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is said to be developing Directed Energy Weapons (DEW). This could include the use of high-energy lasers and high-powered microwaves as weapons of the future.

    Countries like the U.S., Russia, China and others are far ahead of India in the research and development of DEW, and India too is "trying to make some headway towards such futuristic weapons," the Times of India reported.

    DRDO is currently working on a 10-kilowatt DEW that will enable the armed forces to take down targets like UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). It is also working on the "establishment of critical technologies of precision tracking/pointing and laser beam combination," the report said.

    DRDO has already tested the "system" for a range of 800 meters at its Hyderabad-based Centre for High Energy Systems and Sciences (CHESS). It was reportedly shown to the armed forces at Ramgarh, Haryana, based Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory in 2015.

    DRDO has also developed smaller systems like laser-based ordnance disposal of IEDs and mines, hand-held laser dazzlers for use against terrorist and vehicle-mounted laser dazzlers to control mobs.

    The New Delhi-based Laser Science and Technology Centre, a DRDO lab, is said to be working on a variety of weapon systems ranging from "chemical oxygen iodine lasers" to "high-power fiber lasers" for strategic applications. One of the projects in development is a 25-kilowatt laser that is being designed to target a "terminal phase" ballistic missile, at a range of 5 to 7 kms.

    The government released Rs 115 crore in February 2014 to CHESS in order to develop "experimental technology modules for directed energy laser systems," and this added impetus to the project, which is scheduled to be completed by July 2017.

    The DEW is not new to the defence ministry's planners, since the development of DEWs and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons was classified as "top-priority area" in the 15-year "technology perspective and capability roadmap" that was prepared by the ministry.

    The TOI report also noted the operational significance of such weapon systems -- cost-effective and flexible, can engage multiple targets, silent and stealthy, no limitation on stock or magazine capacity and has pinpoint accuracy.

    However, one of the challenges for the DRDO scientists is to have a solid-state laser DEWs that can be used from aircraft and warships, and which can destroy enemy ballistic missiles in their "boost phase" itself and not wait until the "terminal phase."
     
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    DRDO's Active Denial System (ADS)
    ‘Active denial systems to smoke terrorists out of hideouts’ - The Hindu
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    ‘Active denial systems to smoke terrorists out of hideouts’

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    The active denial systems (ADS) being developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) can freeze terrorists without causing any physical harm. It can create an uncomfortable pain-like feeling in terrorists taking shelter at a safe zone and force them to come out from their hideout.

    This system works with High Power Electro Magnetic Waves which is part of developing Electromagnetic Warfare.

    Disclosing these details at a lecture on ‘Opportunities for Research in DRDO’ held at GITAM, Hyderabad campus, on Friday, V. Bhujanga Rao, Director General (Naval Systems and Materials), DRDO, said that the defence organisation has also been developing microprocessors – Anurag and Anupama – to meet the requirements. Informing that Rs. 15,000 crore is being released annually by the Union Government to take up research by 52 establishments across the nation, Dr. Bhujanga Rao said that it took Rs. 20,000-crore investment and two decades of struggle involving 500 industries to develop Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). Stating that the engines of LCA need to be developed indigenously, he said that the process is on. Dr. Bhujanga Rao also explained radar technologies covering different radius, 3D mobile range surveillance radar systems that are being used at border areas, array radar systems, weapon locating radars, airborne radar system and aerostat technology. Informing about Lakshya, Nishant and Rustum, he said even a man walking on the road or any vehicle can be identified through these systems.

    “It is costing about $20,000 to take a payload of one kilogram into the space and we want to reduce it to $200 by 2050,” he said.

    GITAM Pro-Vice-Chancellor R. Shiva Kumar, Director N. Shiva Prasad and others were present.

    System is part of developing Electromagnetic Warfare, says DRDO Director General Bhujanga Rao
     
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    DRDO beings testing of Gas dynamic laser-based Aditya technology demonstrator
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    DRDO’s Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC) which have been tasked to build India’s Star Wars-like weapon systems for the Indian Armed forces in the near future have finally begun testing a vehicle-mounted “gas dynamic laser-based DEW system dubbed ” Aditya” which is a technology demonstrator to prove beam control technology.

    Above image tweeted by prominent defence journalist Saurav Jha courtesy of DRDO is a directed energy weapons (DEWs) technology demonstrator dubbed Aditya which is mounted on a truck.

    The directed energy weapons (DEWs) technology uses subatomic particles or electromagnetic waves at the speed of sound to cripple or destroys their targets. DRDO’s LASTEC has been tasked to develop a slew of DEWs which can be used by Armed forces to control rioting crowds to high-powered lasers to destroy incoming missiles.

    LASTEC will be developing Lethal and Non-Lethal variants of which in Non-lethal variants hand-held DEWs have been developed which are easy to carry and can be used in disorienting single adversaries, LASTEC will develop DEWs which can be used as Crowd-control dazzlers mounted on vehicles to dispel rioting mobs and another variant planned will be development of Laser-based ordnance disposal system which can be used to neutralise IEDs and other explosives from a distance.

    In lethal variants, LASTEC will develop Air-defence variant of DEWs which can be used against UAVs, Helicopters at a range of 5-10kms which can guard airspace of an area of 10 km with a 360° view, other key development will be of a 25-kilowatt laser systems to destroy missiles during their terminal phase under 10km range, where the missile skin will be heated to 200-300 degree leading to warhead inside the missile to detonate mid-air and ultimate DEWs which will be developed over a period of few year will be that of 100-kilowatt solid-state laser systems, mounted on aircraft and ships, to destroy missiles in their boost phase itself . Posted in Exclusive, India Search Bar Follow us Categories Africa Asia Exclusive India My Take N & S America

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    India is currently working upon a series of DEWs to improve its anti-ballistic missile capability. According to officials at the Laser Science and Technology Center (LASTEC), a laboratory developing lasers and related technologies, belonging to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) – an agency under India’s Ministry of Defence working on various areas of military technology while striving to meet cutting edge weapons technology requirements – a laser weapon (one among the DEWs pack) could fire a beam with a potency of 25 kilowatts to intercept and destruct an incoming ballistic missile in its terminal phase within the range of seven kilometers (4.3 miles). The targeting laser beam raises the shell temperature of the ballistic missile to 400+ degrees Fahrenheit, as a consequence of which the ballistic missile would explode.

    Work is also in progress for a 100-kilowatt solid-state laser system to eliminate missiles that are in their boost phase. Besides, LASTEC, functioning under the DRDO, with a mandate to develop DEWs for the Indian Armed Forces, announced in 2010 that it was developing a vehicle-mounted gas dynamic laser-based DEW system under itsAditya project, slated for completion by 2013. Having already overshot its time stipulation, this project is still a work in progress. Once ready, the Aditya project will be a technology demonstrator to prove beam control technology. Last, LASTEC will commence developing solid-state lasers, for which no timeline has yet been set, at least in the public domain.

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