Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the evolving precision capability of its fiber laser weapon system by disabling the engine of a truck.
The demonstration marked the first field testing of an integrated 30-kilowatt, single-mode fiber laser weapon system prototype, the company announced Tuesday in its press release.
Through a technique called spectral beam combining, multiple fiber laser modules form a single, powerful, high-quality beam that provides greater efficiency and lethality than multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems.
The ground-based prototype system that is known as Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds from more than a mile away.
The truck was mounted on a test platform with its engine and drive train running to simulate an operationally-relevant test scenario.
"Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems," said Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin's chief technology officer.
"We are investing in every component of the system - from the optics and beam control to the laser itself - to drive size, weight and power efficiencies. This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks." Jackson added.
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Pentagon announced Friday that Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky joint venture, Marine Helicopter support has won a $2 billion contract for servicing the US Navy's H-60 helicopters. The contract covers performance-based logistics on 1,710 assemblies and components, and also includes the repair, modification, overhaul and replacement of hardware for the Navy's fleet of H-60 helicopters, Reuters quoted Pentagon announcement
The Lockheed Martin Australia has won a contract for supplying a C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support aircrew training of Royal Australian Air Force. Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardized curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin has appointed Rodney A. Makoske as senior vice president, Corporate Engineering, Technology, and Operations and corporate officer and Dana Jackson as vice president and chief technology officer (CTO)
Lockheed Martin has selected RADA Electronic Industries Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) to support internally funded high energy laser weapon system prototype testing. The radar will be used by Lockheed Martin in combination with other sensors, Israel-based firm RADA announced in its press release on Monday
The US Air force and Lockheed Martin will construct the S-band ground-based radar system to improve the way objects are tracked in orbit and increase the ability to predict and prevent space-based collisions. The radar system is designed to replace the 1960s Air Force Space Surveillance System
LightWare Optoelectronics has launched the SF30/B obstacle detecting light weight laser rangefinder, designed for use in unmanned vehicles. The SF30/B features a maximum update rate of 36633 readings per second and has a range of 50m in all lighting conditions
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are awaiting a decision on a €8 billion contract to provide warfare equipment, such as jet fighters and missile defense system to Germany and Poland. Federal Republic of Germany is currently assessing whether to purchase Lockheeds new medium extended air defense system, or planned update to Raytheons Patriot product
Lockheed Martins wing production line for the P-3 Orion Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program has been restarted in Canada and Chile on March 4. The MLU replaces the outer wings, center wing, horizontal stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer leading edges, the company announced in its press release on Thursday
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