REQUIREMENTS FOR PERUVIAN NAVY SEA INTERDICTIONS USING A UAV-BASED HIGH ENERGY LASER - Video Portal
REQUIREMENTS FOR PERUVIAN NAVY SEA INTERDICTIONS USING A UAV-BASED HIGH ENERGY LASER
Andres Canales Herrera, ENS, Peruvian Navy
It is already known that the South-Pacific coasts have significant in illegal activities such as drug trafficking, forbidden fishing and piracy. The government of Peru is concerned about these issues, delegating the responsibility of suppressing the problems to the Peruvian Navy. They have always been combating these activities, and in recent years specialized patrol boats are being used for easier and more direct interdictions but they have limited velocity and engagement range. UAV-HEL (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle based High Energy Laser) weapons would overcome those limitations potentially enabling long-range engagements without damaging people or cargo. This research will establish requirements for size, weight and power for a UAV-Based HEL to engage and effect damage on a target. Modeling tools will be used to estimate irradiance on the target in various Peruvian coastal conditions and engagement geometries, and to estimate the required dwell time will be discussed based on the results of this research the viability of a UAV-HEL for this application.