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High Power RF Weapons Technology (U)


(U) The Radio Frequncy (RF) Weapons Thrust develops and transitions high power microwave weapons technology into the AF operational inventory and protects U.S. systems against potential radio frequency (RF) weapons threats. Efforts include technology development and demonstrations of advanced High Power Microwave (HPM) weapons, and development and transition of RF hardening techniques to AF Product Centers and industry.

(U) The goal of the Radio Frequency (RF) Weapons Thrust is to develop and transition high power microwave (HPM) weapons technology into the AF operational inventory and to protect U.S. systems against potential radio frequency (RF) weapons threats. Efforts include technology development and demonstrations of advanced HPM weapons, and development and transition of RF hardening techniques to AF Product Centers and industry. Major milestones have been attained in demonstrating high power RF sources for a variety of wide- and narrow-band weapon applications including aircraft self protection (ASP), suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), command and control warfare (C2W/IW), and AF Space Control.

(U) The overall goals of the RF Weapons thrust are to develop and transition RF weapons technology into the operational inventory, and to protect US systems against the expanding threat represented by similar foreign systems. The Weapons portions of this thrust is organized under four Mission Application programs which perform research in response to user needs. These programs will provide revolutionary rather than incremental advances in friendly force capabilities. Specific applications of these technologies include:
1. (U) HPM ASP;
a. Counter Surface-to-Air & Air-to-Air Missile;
b. Large aircraft IR countermeasures;
2. (U) HPM Suppress Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD);
3. (U) HPM Command Control Warfare/Information Warfare (C2W/IW);
a. Air Interdiction of C4I Assets;
b. Degrade Enemy Air Control;
c. Degrade Enemy Military Base Operation;
d. Hardened Target Weapons;
4. (U) RF Active Denial Technology (ADT);
a. Less-Than-Lethal Weapons;
5. (U) The RF Effects and Hardening programs are organized into many overlapping technology efforts which includes;
6. (U) RF Environments & System Responses;
7. (U) RF Test & Measurement Techniques;
8. (U) RF Protection Techniques;
9. (U) RF Standards, Handbooks, & Design Guides;
10. (U) Hardness Maintenance/Hardness Assurance; and
11. (U) Planning & Execution of Systems Level Tests.




Related Initiatives (U):
NameTitle
Assessments and SurvivabilityAssessments and Survivabiltiy
EM Effects and HardeningElectromagnetic (EM) Effects and Hardening
Source ComponentsSource Components
Weapons ApplicationsWeapons Applications
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Related Categories (U):
NameTitle
Directed Energy TechnologyDirected Energy Technology
This Table Is Unclassified.

Road Map Placements (U):

NameTitle
TECHNOLOGY- RDT&ESPACE TECHNOLOGY
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Requirements, Funding and Additional Hotlinks (U):

Name
Technology Master Process
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Date Of Information (U):

(U) 21 November 1997





(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999