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Laser-based Direct Energy Weapons to dominate battlefield

Laser-based Direct Energy Weapons to dominate battlefield
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First Published: Sun, Jan 11 2009. 03 48 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jan 11 2009. 03 48 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: The battles to be fought in the next few decades may soon resemble those in the sci-fi flick ‘Star Wars´ with countries making advancements in Laser-based Direct Energy Weapons (DEW) technology.
“Laser-based lethal DEW will play an increasingly dominant role during the first three decades of this century rendering obsolete the traditional high-tech weaponry and completely dominating battlefield by 2025,” distinguished scientist and Chief Controller R&D (DRDO) V K Saraswat said.
DEW is one of the major areas of global interest for scientists, engineers, technologists and war strategists today, he said and pointed out that countries such as United States and Russia have already established feasibility of such weapons and that many other developed and developing countries were also working on it.
Saraswat, who is Program Director Air Defence, said that once these technologies are fully matured and developed, they can prove to be very lethal.
“These laser weapons once matured and integrated on an aerial platform would have the capability to shoot down enemy aircraft and missiles over ranges in excess of 500 km. This can give you the idea about the lethality of these weapons,” he told PTI on sidelines of National Laser Symposium here.
He said with laser technologies continuing to evolve and improve, it is their use as weapons that is going to recast the global military balance in the next 25 to 30 years.
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First Published: Sun, Jan 11 2009. 03 48 PM IST