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10 Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com South Korean er radio frequency and high energy lasers, hypervelocity Projectiles, and minister of national our USS Dahlgren testing, includ- ing unmanned systems integration," j__r ' ueyense tours said Durant. The hypervelocity projectile is a directed energy next-generation, guided projectile facilities at Dahlgren capable of completing multiple mis- sions for gun systems such as the base Navy 5-inch, 155-mm,, and future JOHN JOYCE railguns. USS Dahlgren is a cybernetic test- NSWC Dahlgren Division. bed that enables emerging technolo- Corporate Communications gies such as electromagnetic railgun, U.S. Navy scientists and engineers solid-state lasers, or similar cutting briefed a delegation of defense offi- edge weapon systems to be evalu- cials from the Republic of Korea on ated side by side with fielded naval directed energy technologies at the systems. Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahl- "Working together with our allies gren Division, the Department of during the science and technology Defense announced Nov. 4. as well as RDT&E (research, devel- The ROK delegation -- led byopment, test and evaluation) phases Minister of National Defense Hart can lead to many benefits such as Min-koo -- saw new and emerging program improvements, cost and technologies from the electromag- time savings plus enhanced interop- netic railgun to laser weapons under erabilit);" said Jed Ryan, NSWCDD development at NSWCDD. International Partnering Office lead.. "Minister Han's visit to NSWC In addition to the ship-based La- Dahlgren Division was an impor- ser Weapon System, Han and his taut opportunity to showcase several delegation saw a ground-based di- next-generation systems and tech- rected energy system designed for nologies that could bolster the ca- use on light tactical vehicles such as pabilities of the U.S.-ROK alliance," the Humvee and Joint Light Tactical said Abraham Denmark, Deputy As- Vehicle. sistant Secretary of Defense for East This Ground-Based Air Defense Asia. Directed Energy .... On-the-Move The South Korean ddegation program, commonly referred to as watched and listened intently as GBAD, aims to provide an affordable NSWCDD scientists and engineers alternative to traditional firepower explained the laser weapon system to keep enemy unmanned aerial ve- they developed and installed aboard hides from tracking and targeting the USS Ponce to operate seamlessly Marines on the ground. The Office with its ship defense system two of Naval Research is working with years ago. NSWCDD and industry partners on Ponce Sailors -- trained by the the development of GBAD's com- Dahlgren team on the Laser Weapon ponents and subsystems, including System's operation -- reported the the laser itself, beam director, bat- weapon performed flawlessly dur- teries, radar, advanced cooling, and ing testing in the Arabian Gulf, in- communications and command and cluding tests conducted in adverse control. weather conditions of high winds, Navy leaders have made directed- heat and humidity: energy weapons a top priority to The briefings on directed energy counter asymmetric threats, includ- programs, included the electromag- ing unmanned and light aircraft and netic railgun -- a long-range naval small attack boats that could be used weapon that fires projectiles using to deny U.S. forces access to certain electricity instead of traditional gun areas. High-energy lasers offer an dr- propellants such as explosive chemi- fordable and safe way to target these cals. threats at the speed of light with ex- "The electromagnetic railgun took treme precision and an unlimited center stage as the focal point of magazine. the visit," said Capt. Brian Durant, Hart and his delegation's tour of NSWCDcommanding officer, add-Naval Support Facility Dahlgren ing that the meetings were held Oct. also included Aegis Ballistic Missile 19 to support the United States de- Defense headquarters and the Ae- lense relationship with the Republic gis Training and Readiness Center of Korea. where they visited with South Ko- The electromagnetic railgun uses rean sailors temporarily assigned to magnetic fields c'reated by high dec- the center as students. trical currents to accelerate a sliding Aegis BMD is the naval compo- metal conductor, or armature, be- nent of the Missile Defense Agency's tween two rails to launch projectiles Ballistic Missile Defense System. at 4,500 to 5;600 miles per hour. ATRC courses focus on the opera- "While here, the South Koreantion and maintenance of the Aegis delegation learned about directed Combat System and the Ship Self- energy weapons covering high pew- Defense System aboard surface war- AL--ERNA . --ERNA ALTERNA RESERVE $4.55 sq. fl. Classic $4.85 sq.ae. *Aflpricesappiytomaterialenly $3.46 sq.ae. U.S. Dunn Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo - who led the ROK delegation to see new and emerging technologies developed at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) - discusses electromagnetic railgun capabilities with his delegation and NSWCDD leadership. Navy engineers briefed Han and his delegation on electromagnetic launchers, hypervelocity projectiles, and directed energy weapons', in addition to the command's core capabilities in complex warfare systems development and integration to incorporate electric weapons technology into existing and future fighting forces and platforms. ships. Above, Republic of Korea (ROK) NSWCDD is a premier research Brig.Gen. ParkCheol-kyun, deputy and development center that serves director general of the ROK Ministry as a specialty site for weapon system of National Defense International integration. 3-he command's unique Policy Bureau, holds an electromag- ability to rapidly introduce new tech- netic railgun projectile in front of the nology into complex warfighting electromagnetic railgun prototype systems is based on its longstanding launcher at Naval Surface Warfare competencies in science and tech- Center Dahlgren Division(NSWCDD). nology, research and development, ROK Minister of National Defense and test and evaluation. Han Min-Koo - who led the ROK delegation to see new and emerg- ing technologies developed at NSWCDD -is pictured to the right of Park. NSWCDD engineers briefed the South Korean delegation on electromagnetic launchers, hyper- velocity projectiles, and directed energy weapons, in addition to the command's capabilities in complex warfare systems development and integration to incorporate electric weapons technology into exist- ing and future fighting forces and platforms. Pictured front row, left to right, is Tom Boucher, Office of Naval Research Railgun Program manacj'er; Moon Sanggyun, ROK Ministry of National Defense spokesperson; Park; Han; ROK Major Gen. Shin Kyu ngsoo, defense attach~ to the United States; Rear Adm. Chung Anho, chief director for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; Chris Johnstone, principal director for East Asia, Office of the Secretary of Defense; U.S. Army Col. John Lee, defense attach~ to the Republic of Korea. Pictured back row, left to right, is Chester Petry, NSWCDD electromagnetic railgun lead systems engineer; Scott Kelley, deputy program manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office; Capt. 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