March 19, 2017

"Lockheed Martin’s Bothell office has unveiled a world record-setting laser weapon for the U.S. Army."

biz journals: Lockheed successfully developed and tested the 58 kW laser beam earlier this year, setting a world record for this type of laser. by Casey Coombs

'The company is now preparing to ship the laser system to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command in Huntsville, Alabama.

'"The inherent scalability of this beam combined laser system has allowed us to build the first 60kW-class fiber laser for the U.S. Army," said Robert Afzal, senior fellow for Lockheed's Laser and Sensor Systems in Bothell. "We have shown that a powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air."

'The 58kW laser is known as a “beam combined fiber laser,” which brings together individual fiber lasers to generate a single, high-intensity laser beam. It can be made more powerful by adding additional fiber lasers.'

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