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.'