"Directed energy is a game-changing technology" - Insights from Colonel E. Thompson, Air Combat Command US Air Force
In the run-up to Directed Energy Systems 2018, we had the opportunity to discuss with Colonel Michael E. Thompson, Chief, Advanced Weapons Systems (A5/8ZW), HQ Air Combat Command USAF and speaker at the event. He provides here an exclusive preview of this brief at the conference and share insights on what Directed Energy Systems mean for the USAF and how they are using them, the challenges they are encountering and what is the reality of implementing the technology onto a F-35.
In this exclusive interview with Colonel Sean Wilson, Officer in Charge, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities of U.S. Army Europe and speaker at the conference, learn more about what limitations have been found during the Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser (MEHEL) test, what type of threats the technology should be able to counter in the future and what challenges militaries face when it comes to making directed energy operational onto platforms.
- The US Air Force’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office’s request for information to industry partners to counter UAVs with directed energy
- The UK’s potential integration of directed energy onto its newly unveiled ‘Tempest’ aircraft
- South Korea’s plans to build a counter-UAVs laser weapon system