Defence IQ talks to Dr Palíšek about Directed Energy Weapon systems

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Posted:  11/20/2012  12:00:00 AM EST
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Dr Libor Palíšek is Senior Scientist at the Czech Republic’s VOP CZ. Dr Palíšek has been working in the field of high power electromagnetic effects on electronic systems for over a decade and has done research with high power microwaves for the Czech Ministry of Defence. Defence IQ recently sat down with him to discuss his work with directed energy systems...


Thanks for joining us today Dr Palíšek – could you please give a short introduction on your background and briefly explain your role at VOP?

I have been working on EMC test site Vyskov in VOP CZ, s.p. since 1999 as an EMC specialist and as a project manager. My main research interests are electromagnetic compatibility problems and especially high power electromagnetic effects on electronic systems. I was responsible for projects related to high power microwaves (HPM) directed energy weapon (DEW) effects on military equipment for Czech Ministry of Defense. I am a member of NATO STO SCI-250 Task Group "Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons in Tactical Scenarios" and I am currently involved in the European project called “Protection of Critical Infrastructures against High Power Microwave Threats”, known as HIPOW.

Could you please give us an insight into your extensive work on High Power Microwaves? Who have you collaborated with during this research? What conclusions have you been able to draw so far?

I have to be honest, our working team has been quite small (just few EMC specialists from our EMC test site) but we have had the opportunity to collaborate with radar technology experts from the University of Defense Brno in the Czech Republic and especially within NATO STO Task Groups since 2002. Currently we are involved in the European project HIPOW. Results from relevant projects show the necessity to consider the DEW HPM threat due to higher availability of compact HPM systems as well as verified sensitivity of electronic equipment (including military ones). However, all details about military equipment susceptibility are sensitive of course and have to be classified due to security reasons.       

What benefits do directed energy systems and HPM bring to the military?

The most important benefit of directed energy systems is the possibility that they offer to produce weapons with non-lethal effects. Another advantage of DEW is that they can be used discreetly, or even be totally hidden from plain sight.

What role do you think directed energy systems have to play in the future battlespace?

I think DES could and should be used to support military operations in the future. In spite of their limitations and complexity the interest should remain due to their non-lethal character.

Could you please briefly outline the issues you will be covering during your presentation at the Directed Energy Systems conference?

I will be giving an overview of electromagnetic threats caused due to directed energy weapons. The area of interest will be focused on HPM (High Power Microwaves) and UWB (Ultra Wide Bandwidth) as an important part of the DEW field. I’ll also consider the possible impact on electronic structures which can be part of military systems. NATO STO activities and EU activities related to the HPM threat will also be mentioned and I’ll provide some practical results achieved during experiments related to assessment of electronic equipment vulnerability.

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