C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US Navy seeks new power systems to accommodate advanced weapons, operations

28 June 2019

The US Navy’s (USN’s) shifting focus on directed-energy weapons, autonomous systems, and unmanned operations is sparking greater interest in developing more advanced energy sources and storage capabilities.

“Today, the US Navy is on the cusp of revolutionary changes in how warfare at sea is conducted,” the 26 June USN report Naval Power and Energy Systems Technology Development Roadmap noted.

“Akin to the shift from guns to missiles, this revolution will take the form of high-power pulsed mission systems,” the roadmap reported. “These include directed energy weapons such as lasers and stochastic electronic warfare systems, radiated energy systems such as the Air and Missile Defense Radar, and advances in kinetic energy weapons, including electro-magnetic railguns.

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