Navy eyes shipboard directed-energy weapons to disable hostile small vessels in coastal waters and harbors
ARLINGTON, Va., 21 Jan. 2011. U.S. Navy officials are considering directed-energy weapons such as military lasers or high-power microwaves for installation on surface warships and auxiliary ships that could a small vessel ranging in size from a fast-attack inshore craft to an intercoastal cargo or fishing vessel common in littoral waters.
The ONR study will focus on laser and RF directed-energy systems; guns, projectiles, missiles, biological, chemical, or physical barriers are not part of the study.
Company officials who would like to participate in the survey should respond to ONR no later than 2 March 2011, to program manager Peter Morrison by e-mail at email@example.com, or by post at Office of Naval Research, Code 351, 875 North Randolph St., Arlington VA 22203-1995.
For questions or concerns contact Morrison by phone at 703-696-0553, or Joseph Cloft by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 703-696-0989.
More information is online at http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2011/01-January/21-Jan-2011/FBO-02362339.htm.