In the next step under the U.S. Air Force’s Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Flight Plan, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is planning an experiment using a high-energy laser or high-power microwave to conduct precision airborne strike and aircraft self-defense. Planned to begin in fiscal 2020, the Directed Energy on an Airborne Platform experiments will investigate DEW operational issues, such as command-and-control and safety, says a capability request for information (CRFI) ...

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