Thursday, August 26, 2010
India Developing Laser-Based Anti-Missile Systems
Indian scientists are developing laser-based anti-ballistic missile systems called Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs).
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), DEW weapons can kill incoming ballistic missiles by bombarding them with subatomic particles or electromagnetic waves. The weapons could intercept missiles soon after they were launched toward India.
A DRDO scientist said laser-based weapons have been tested. One of these weapons is the air defense dazzler, which can engage enemy aircraft and helicopters at a range of 10 kilometers. This weapon will be ready for induction in two years.
India's laser weapons can be deployed in the Navy's submarines and destroyers, and Air Force fighters and transport planes.
The DEW laser weapon is capable of producing 25-kilowatt pulses that can destroy a ballistic missile within seven kilometers, the scientist said.
In addition, Indian scientists are testing the Prithvi homemade anti-ballistic missile system, which can kill ballistic missiles at a height of up to 80 kilometers. The first-phase Prithvi is likely to be inducted by 2013, said the DRDO scientist.
Scientists are working on developing second-phase Prithvis capable of killing incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles.