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Fact sheet | High-power radio-frequency directed energy weapons

High-power radio-frequency (HPRF) directed energy weapons (DEW) intentionally aims to couple electromagnetic energy into the circuitry of targeted electronic hardware at sufficient levels to cause operational disruption or damage. 

In an era dominated by electronic warfare and smart weapon systems facilitated by advances in electronics and information technologies, HPRF DEWs could become a game-changing capability to: 

  • Defeat smart weapons
  • Disable command and control systems
  • Neutralise improvised explosive devices
  • Counter uninhabited aerial systems
  • Remotely stop vehicles or boats.

Key information



Publication type

Fact sheet

Publish Date

August 2018


Unclassified - public release