The US Navy (USN) has kicked off efforts to develop an electrical 'energy magazine' to serve high-power shipborne directed energy weapon (DEW) systems.
Releasing a request for information (RFI) for Multi-Application Shipboard Energy Magazine Requirements Development on 2 January, the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said it was seeing inputs from electrical equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and academia for a "common, modular, scalable intermediate power system that could be used across multiple mission systems and ship installations". A full request for proposals for development and production is planned to follow.
The USN is planning to introduce DEW systems into its surface fleet, notably a first generation of high-energy laser weapons.
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