Directed energy weapons (DEWs) are a type of electromagnetic or particle technology which use energy, as opposed to a physical projectile, to strike a target. DEWs have been under development for many decades. Despite initial enthusiasm and research around this technology, progress on DEWs has faced a range of technical and operational challenges. Yet, in recent years, the technology has matured and there has been an increase in funding of these capabilities.
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