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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Indian this week said that it has identified 18 Make-I categories of weapons that will be taken up with Priave sector companies and one of them is the development of a 300-kilowatt directed-energy weapon (DEW) that will represent a lead-head in capability for air and missile defenses and come as an instrumental next-generation technology that will be useful in neutralizing future weapons systems.

A Ground-based 300-kilowatt DEW can take down missiles, in addition to drones, cruise missiles, helicopters, and even airplanes. DEW development world over is progressing at a brisk pace but not many have developed and demonstrated 300-kilowatt DEW but land-based laser mounted on a flatbed truck will also mean it does need to carry ammunition in difficult terrain nor rely on a supply truck for it to be engaged.

A Land-based 300-kilowatt DEW can be use power from its batteries to engage small targets or directly connect to a power grid when engaging a bigger target. 300-kilowatt DEW, when mounted on a warship, will save a lot of storage space not required for ammunition and can directly be connected to the propulsion system for power generation.

The world over some countries have been demonstrated successfully 30-kilowatt DEW, while some reports do confirm that 150-kilowatt DEW has also shown promising results but the development of such high-powered DEW is still in its infancy stage and many are yet to enter production due to the high cost of this weapon systems.

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