Lockheed Martin wins contract to develop high-energy laser weapon

By Defence Industry Europe

On July 19, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a significant USD 221 millioncontract by the US Army to develop a cutting-edge high-energy laser weapon prototype. The primary goal of this technology is to protect fixed and semi-fixed infrastructure from potential aerial threats, including drones, low-flying aircraft, and cruise missiles.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide a high-energy laser, beam control, beam director, and battle management system.

 

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The prototype is expected to be completed by October 2025. Once finalized, it will undergo live-fire testing against “operationally-relevant” targets to evaluate its effectiveness and reliability.

This latest project adds to Lockheed Martin’s track record of delivering advanced laser weapon systems to the US Department of Defense. Notably, last year, the company supplied a 300-kilowatt laser weapon, regarded as the department’s most potent electric laser to date, ensuring preparedness for future challenges.

 

 

In addition, Lockheed Martin has also delivered a 60-kilowatt-class high-energy laser, equipped with an integrated optical-dazzler and surveillance system, to the US Navy. The weapon is intended to enhance the directed energy capability of American warships.

 

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