Directed Energy Weapons (Defense) - Thematic Research

Directed Energy Weapons (Defense) - Thematic Research


In the past two decades, military use of directed energy technologies has quickly matured from the research laboratory to the operational force. Lasers have become highly effective instruments of military operations.

Directed energy weapons (DEWs) could provide a number of capabilities and advantages over traditional weapons due to their speed-of-light delivery, precision engagement, controlled/scalable effects, logistical benefits, and low cost per shot. Furthermore, DEWs are silent, offer plausible deniability, can travel immense distances relative to conventional weapons, and engage multiple targets. Consequently, these advantages will support the development of a wide spectrum of military equipment and capabilities.

Although DEW systems have the potential to be used for offensive purposes, currently, weapons development programs are mainly focused on defense systems.

This report focuses on DEWs, which have immense potential to revolutionize warfare in the long term. Currently, DEWs can be categorized as high energy laser weapons, particle beam weapons, high energy microwave weapons, and high power sonic/acoustic weapons.

Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) thematic research offers a detailed analysis of DEWs being developed and used by militaries and constabulary forces. The research includes insightful industry analysis of the DEWs and key use cases highlighting how militaries and constabulary forces around the world have started working on the development and implementation of the technology.


  • DEW systems have started to be used alongside conventional weapons in combat areas, although they are not fully operational and there are still problems that need to be overcome. However, the operational potential of these weapons is compelling countries to review their defense concepts.
  • DEW has potential to be used in the destruction or neutralization of ballistic missiles, rockets, UAVs, swarm crafts, land mines and IEDs, neutralization of the enemy's electronic warfare capabilities, and temporary or permanent incapacitation of enemy troops or terrorist elements, protection of critical facilities, and air, sea and land vehicles and platforms as well as non-lethal applications such as crowd control or disabling machinery.
  • DEWs, if successfully developed and deployed, have immense potential to be revolutionary in the long future. The evidence indicates that directed-energy will soon become one of the most powerful technologies for success on the battlefield and will eventually replace many existing forms of weaponry.
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Laser weapons
Particle beam weapons
High-power sonic weapons
Infrasound weapons
Ultrasound weapons
Sonic rifles and cannons
Utilization of DEWs in combat scenarios
Defence and technology trends
Macroeconomic trends
Regulatory trends
Market size and growth forecasts
Global DEW development efforts
Mergers and acquisitions
Directed energy technology
Directed energy weapons
End user domain
Space-based DEWs
Airborne-based DEWs
Naval-based DEWs
Ground-based DEWs
Leaders in DEWs
Challengers in DEWs
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List of Tables
Table 1: How can DEWs be used in combat scenarios?
Table 2: Defence and technology trends
Table 3: Macroeconomic trends
Table 4: Regulatory trends
Table 5: Global DEW development efforts
Table 6: Mergers and acquisitions
Table 7: Leaders in DEWs
Table 8: Challengers in DEWs
Table 9: Glossary
List of Figures
Figure 1: Who are the big players and where do their strengths lie?
Figure 2: Which technologies are used to develop DEWs?
Figure 3: The major milestones in the journey of DEWs theme is set out in the timeline below
Figure 4: Directed energy weapons are affecting all domains
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