lockheed martin tests layered laser weapon that protects soldiers from large enemy attacks

(Photo : Lockheed Martin) According to Lockheed Martin, this technology is prepared to resist off small rockets, mortar rounds, artillery shells, small unmanned aerial vehicles, small assault boats, and light ground vehicles that are about a mile away. They also claim that their technologies will be able to neutralize larger threats over longer distances as fiber laser power levels rise. These systems have the capacity to multiply the force of kinetic energy systems when used in conjunction with them.

Lockheed Martin is creating laser weapon systems to defend troops at sea, in the air, and on land. This breakthrough, known as the layered laser defense system, works in conjunction with skilled platform integration to counter a variety of escalating threats to armed forces and infrastructure.

lockheed martin tests layered laser weapon that protects soldiers from large enemy attacks
(Photo : Lockheed Martin)
According to Lockheed Martin, this technology is prepared to resist off small rockets, mortar rounds, artillery shells, small unmanned aerial vehicles, small assault boats, and light ground vehicles that are about a mile away. They also claim that their technologies will be able to neutralize larger threats over longer distances as fiber laser power levels rise.

According to the company’s website, the technology is prepared to fend off small rockets, artillery shells, mortar rounds, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and light ground vehicles around a mile away.

Lockheed Martin also claims that these systems will be able to neutralize larger threats over longer distances through increasing fiber laser power levels. These systems can multiply the force of kinetic energy systems when used simultaneously.

All About the ALADIN

As reported first by Interesting Engineering, Lockheed Martin is well-known for developing auxiliary technologies for military ships, ground vehicles, aircraft, and laser weapon systems.

The ALADIN laser has operated in the field for two years without needing to be realigned, proving both the lethality and the reliability of the firm’s solutions, according to Dr. Rob Afzal, Senior Fellow, Laser Sensors and Systems.

He also claims that the fiber lasers have an efficiency that produces less heat and fits into a smaller package, making it simpler to integrate them into different military platforms.

According to the company, ALADIN maintains exceptional beam quality and electrical efficiency while producing the maximum power ever recorded by a laser of this type.

Numerous fiber laser modules can also be combined using a process called spectral beam combining to create a single, potent, high-quality beam that has more efficiency and lethality than multiple separate 10-kilowatt lasers.

Beam Control Technology

Meanwhile, the company’s beam control optics and software algorithms fine-tune the energy stream into a focused beam for laser devices with output as tiny as 10 kilowatts or as large as 1 megawatt using mirrors, lenses, and windows as beam control devices.

“Our beam control technology enables a precision equivalent to shooting a beach ball off the top of the Empire State Building from the San Francisco Bay Bridge,” Paul Shattuck, Director of Directed Energy systems, said in a statement.

This suggests that Lockheed Martin’s research and innovations are enhancing laser weapon systems’ performance while reducing their size, weight, and power requirements. This comprises line-of-sight stabilization, air-flow management, adaptive optics, precision pointing, spectral beam combining, and precision pointing.

Written by Joaquin Victor Tacla

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