US Navy Plans to De­ploy Cost­Sav­ing Laser Tech­nol­ogy Third ASW Corvette for In­dian Navy Launched

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CIT­ING a Se­RIeS oF tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs, the US Navy has on april 8, 2013, an­nounced plans at the sea-air-space ex­po­si­tion to de­ploy for the first time a solid-state laser aboard a ship in the fis­cal year 2014. Òour di­rected en­ergy ini­tia­tives and specif­i­cally the solid-state laser, are among our high­est pri­or­ity science and tech­nol­ogy pro­grammes. The solid-state laser pro­gramme is cen­tral to our com­mit­ment to quickly de­liver ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties to for­ward-de­ployed forces,Ó said Chief of Naval Re­search Rear ad­mi­ral Matthew Klun­der. ÒThis ca­pa­bil­ity pro­vides a tremen­dously af­ford­able an­swer to the costly prob­lem of de­fend­ing against asym­met­ric threats, and that kind of in­no­va­tive ap­proach is cru­cial in a fis­cally-con­strained en­vi­ron­ment.ÓThe an­nounce­ment to de­ploy the laser on­boards USS Ponce comes as navy re­searchers con­tinue to make sigQL­fiFdQW SURJUhVV RQ GLUhFWhG hQhUJy ZhdSons, al­low­ing the ser­vice to de­ploy a laser weapon on a navy ship, two years ahead of sched­ule. The at-sea demon­stra­tion in fiVFdo yhdU 2014 LV SdUW RI d ZLGhU SRUW­fo­lio of near-term Navy di­rected en­ergy SURJUdPPhV WKdW SURPLVh UdSLG fihoGLQJ, demon­stra­tion and pro­to­typ­ing ef­forts for ship­board, air­borne and ground sys­tems.

Òour con­ser­va­tive data tells us a shot of di­rected en­ergy costs un­der $1,ÓKlun­der said. ÒCom­pare that to the hun­dreds of thou­sands RI GRoodUV LW FRVWV WR fiUh d PLVVLoh dQG yRX can be­gin to see the mer­its of this ca­pa­bil­ity.Ó 7Kh 2IfiFh RI 1dYdo 5hVhdUFK (215) dQG 1dYdo Sea Sys­tems Com­mand re­cently per­formed demon­stra­tions of high-en­ergy lasers aboard a mov­ing sur­face com­bat­ant ship, as well as against re­motely-pi­loted air­craft. Through care­ful plan­ning of such demon­stra­tions and by lever­ag­ing in­vest­ments made through other depart­ment of de­fense ( dod) agen­cies, re­searchers have been able to in­crease the rugged­ness, power and beam qual­ity of lasers, more than dou­bling the range of weapons. ÒThe fu­ture is here,Ó said Peter a. MorULVLRQ, 3URJUdP 2IfiFhU IRU 215’V VRoLG-VWdWh laser tech­nol­ogy mat­u­ra­tion pro­gramme. ÒThe solid-state laser is a big step for­ward to­wards rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing mod­ern war­fare with di­rected en­ergy; just as the gun­pow­der did in the era of knives and swords.Ó

2IfiFLdoV FRQVLGhU WKh VRoLG-VWdWh odVhU a rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy that gives the navy an ex­tremely af­ford­able, multi-mis­sion weapon with a deep mag­a­zine and un­matched pre­ci­sion, tar­get­ing and con­trol func­tions. Be­cause lasers run on elecWULFLWy, WKhy FdQ eh fiUhG dV oRQJ dV WKhUh LV power and pro­vide a mea­sure of safety as they donÕt re­quire car­ry­ing pro­pel­lants and ex­plo­sives aboard ships. Lasers com­ple­ment ki­netic weapons to cre­ate a lay­ered ship de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity, pro­vid­ing im­proved pro­tec­tion against swarm­ing small boats and un­manned air­craft at a frac­tion of the cost of tra­di­tional weapons. The ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy gives sailors a va­ri­ety of op­tions they never had be­fore, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to con­trol a laser weaponÕs out­put and per­form ac­tions rang­ing from non-lethal dis­abling and de­ter­rence all the way up to de­struc­tion.

ÒWe ex­pect that in the fu­ture, a mis­sile will not be able to sim­ply out­ma­noeu­vre a highly ac­cu­rate, high-en­ergy laser beam, trav­el­ling at the speed of light,Ósaid Klun­der. Fol­low­ing the USS Ponce demon­stra­tion, the US Navy and dod will con­tinue to re­search ways to in­te­grate af­ford­able laser ZhdSRQV LQWR WKh flhhW.

The ThIRd aNTI-SUB­Ma­RINe WaR­FaRe (aSW) corvette for the In­dian Navy, de­signed un­der Pro­ject-28 by the direc­torate of Naval de­sign (Sur­face Ships Group) and be­ing built by the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and engi­neers Ltd (GRSe), was launched on March 26. ad­mi­ral d.K. Joshi, Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear ad­mi­ral (Retd) a.K. Verma, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing DLUhFWRU, G56(, VhQLRU RI­fiFLdoV IURP WKh 0LQistry of de­fence and armed forces, and West Ben­gal ad­min­is­tra­tion were present while the aSW corvette was launched by the Navy ChiefÕs wife Chi­tra Joshi. The ship has been chris­tened af­ter INS Kil­tan, a for­mer Soviet Union ori­gin Petya class light-aSW fri­gate.

as a re­sult of re­lent­less pur­suit of national strat­egy of self-re­liance by the In­dian Navy and the de­fence ship­yards, the third aSW corvette has achieved about 90 per cent in­dige­nous contents in the man­u­fac­tur­ing at GRSe. The aSW corvettes un­der this pro­gramme in­te­grate lat­est stealth WhFKQRoRJy dQG ,16 .dPRUWd, WKh fiUVW RI the class, is ex­pected to be com­mis­sioned shortly this year. The re­main­ing three ships un­der the pro­ject will be de­liv­ered by 2016. The fourth ship of Pro­ject-28 is sched­uled to be launched in 2014. Laud­ing ef­forts of GRSe in de­tail de­sign­ing of the ship, the Navy Chief sin­gled out its tech­no­log­i­cal land­mark, as ehLQJ WKh fiUVW VKLS LQ WKh FRXQWUy eXLoW ZLWK a com­pos­ite su­per­struc­ture. The su­per­strucWXUh PdGh RI FdUeRQ fieUh FRPSRVLWh PdWhrial has been suc­cess­fully in­te­grated with the main hull of the ship. The hull of the ship is built with warship grade high ten­sile in­dige­nous steel. Be­sides re­duc­ing the top weight, it will pro­vide im­proved stealth fea­tures and re­duce life-cy­cle main­te­nance costs.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: In­dian Navy

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