Military Embedded Systems

HELIOS laser weapon system to begin testing and integration with Navy

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January 12, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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BETHESDA, Md. This year, the U.S. Navy will field the first acquisition program to deploy the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS), a laser weapon system with high-energy fiber lasers for permanent fielding by the U.S. Department of Defense.

According to officials, this will be the only deployed laser system integrated into an operational Flight IIA DDG. This follows the Lockheed Martin and Navy’s recent demonstration of full laser power in excess of the 60 kW requirement.

The scalable laser design architecture spectrally combines multiple kilowatt fiber lasers to attain high beam quality at various power levels.

Lockheed Martin completed the Critical Design Review and Navy Factory Qualification Test milestones in 2020, demonstrating the value of system engineering rigor and proven Aegis system integration and test processes on the way to delivering operationally effective and suitable laser weapon system that meets the Navy’s mission requirements.

 

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