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Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book describes the nuances of technological development in a purely scientific manner and provides a social perspective to their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control, as well as their impact on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade—some of them for nearly two decades now—and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries.

Speed of Light Weaponry: Directed Energy Weapons*
Speed of light weaponry: Directed energy weapons

A weapon is an instrument used to obliterate, trounce or harm an enemy. Since time immemorial human race has been involved in designing and developing various types of weapons for such purposes. Anything that is capable of causing damage, even a psychological one, to the enemy could be called a weapon. All weapons are not lethal and there exists a separate category of non-lethal weapons. A stone could be termed as a weapon when thrown at an enemy and so is the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Various types of weapons could be delivered from various platforms like aircrafts, ships, submarines, tanks or even satellites.

Weapon systems are normally classified based on three facets:1 ...

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