Directed Energy

New age threats require
new age defenses

For 40 years, Lockheed Martin has researched, designed, developed, and captured electromagnetic energy and elevated its power to create innovative Directed Energy solutions. We have developed laser weapon systems, radio frequency and other directed energy technologies for air, ground and sea platforms to provide an affordable countermeasure alternative. We are addressing critical needs such as accuracy, mobility, size, weight and power (SWaP), cooling, and minimal collateral damage.

Spectrum Technologies

Laser Weapon Systems
Specializing in high energy laser weapon systems, Lockheed Martin has a broad range of expertise and experience with advanced beam control, fiber-based spectral beam combining, specialized sensors, and system integration, including a company-sponsored 30kW ALADIN/ATHENA system supplemented by current programs such as the DE RELI/HEL-MD program for the U.S. Army.
Electro-Optic / Infrared Countermeasures
Focused on providing the most advanced laser-based threat adaptable countermeasure devices to counter all types of surface-to-air and air-to-air EO/IR threats, leveraging over 30 years of EO/IRCM development and test experience.

See How High Power Lasers Could Stop Land, Air or Sea Targets in Their Path


Upgraded ATHENA Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time

Upgraded ATHENA Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time

In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw unmanned aerial systems.

Laser vs. Missile: Developing Technology to Intercept Missile Threats with Directed Energy

Laser vs. Missile: Developing Technology to Intercept Missile Threats with Directed Energy

Under a Missile Defense Agency contract, Lockheed Martin is reducing risk on laser beam control concept demonstrator designed to fly on an airborne platform and destroy missiles during the boost phase.

60kW laser

Lockheed Martin to Deliver World Record-Setting 60kW Laser to U.S. Army

Lockheed Martin has completed the design, development and demonstration of a 60 kW-class beam combined fiber laser for the U.S. Army.

Feature Stories

drone swarm

Designing a Laser to Defeat Drone Swarms

It starts as a speck on the horizon, just a speck, no bigger than the tip of a pencil point. Then it grows, as the convoy continues to travel along its path. It’s not one speck, but many. Small drones begin to expand into the sky, and suddenly the specks become a swarm that extends above the horizon.

beam control

The Force is Strong With This Technology

Star Wars technology is the stuff of fantasy (lightsabers, anyone?). However, thanks to some recent technological breakthroughs and some really smart engineers, high-tech gadgetry on par with the sci-fi silver screen may be even closer than you think.

Laser Weapons Science Fact

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

Lasers are a hallmark of iconic comic series and science fiction novels. While their capabilities and uses vary, in most cases, lasers are highly accurate, work instantaneously and cause minimal collateral damage. But does any of the technology behind these futuristic laser-based systems have a parallel in real-life laser technology? Actually, more than you might think.

Employee Spotlight

Employee Profile

Joan Ward

Fiber Laser Manufacturing Engineer

My first job with Lockheed Martin was a college co-op working as a producibility engineer on the AEGIS program. After that experience, my career goal changed from design engineering to manufacturing engineering.

I spent the next 10 years moving around the company gaining experience in multiple aspects of manufacturing before jumping at the chance to move into our Directed Energy area. After all, how often does the opportunity to create a new production line for an emerging technology that is pushing the limits of physics present itself?

In the last five years we’ve grown from building low power commercial lasers to 30 kW and 60 kW laser systems for the military, and we’re not done yet!