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.
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.
See How High Power Lasers Could Stop Land, Air or Sea Targets in Their Path
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.
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.
Lockheed Martin has completed the design, development and demonstration of a 60 kW-class beam combined fiber laser for the U.S. Army.
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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.
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.
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!