Advanced Energy Weapons Systems
Advanced Energy Weapons Systems employ advanced technologies that may completely change
the way military missions are organized and executed in the future. These systems include,
but are not limited to, charged particle beams, neutral particle beams, antiparticle beams,
low and high energy lasers, high-power microwaves (HPM), acoustics, plasma, and substantial
potential with nanotechnology.
Picatinny has been involved in the development of many of these technologies and their adjunct
support systems for a number of years. The ARDEC realizes that for the weapons systems of the
future, a combination of various energies and effects on target, versus using energy to put
steel on target, will exist on the battlefield. These energies will span both kinetic and
directed energies. Advanced Energy Weapons will reduce the vast resources needed for the
logistical support of conventional weapons for everything from transporting ammunition to
maintenance of many diverse systems; supporting Picatinnys vision to lighten the logistics
footprint of the lethal and non-lethal weapons systems.
Picatinny has established strong partnerships with many agencies with the Department of
Defense, Department of Energy, and academia that are exploring advanced technologies.