J. Electronic Warfare/Directed Energy Weapons
Design of EW and directed energy systems often demands detailed intelligence regarding the characteristics of the system being attacked. To the extent that this requires disclosure of threat intelligence, international cooperation is impeded. There are, however, several areas of technology of a more general dual use nature, including high power microwave tubes (in which France and the UK have significant capabilities) and lasers, where the France and Germany have strong capabilities. Table E.II-9 provides a summary of potential opportunities for each technology subarea.
Table E.II-9. Electronic Warfare and Directed Energy Weapons
|J. ELECTRONIC WARFARE AND DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS||UNITED KINGDOM||FRANCE||GERMANY||OTHER COUNTRIES||JAPAN||PACIFIC RIM||FSU|
|ELECTRONIC ATTACK||Research in these areas may require sharing of sensitive threat information and is handled on a case-by-case basis|
|LASERS||Low energy lasers||Laser materials||High energy lasers Low energy lasers||Russia High energy lasers
Low energy lasers
The following subsections identify specific opportunities where existing or near-term pending agreements offer significant potential benefits.