Military Embedded Systems

Directed energy tests to be powered by Rolls-Royce thermal management system


December 10, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Rolls-Royce has delivered an upgraded thermal management and power system from its ColdFire Solutions technology line to power directed energy field testing in 2021.

The ColdFire Solutions system was delivered to Lockheed Martin for integration and testing. It is a standalone system and will power a Lockheed Martin 100kw directed energy system during range testing next year. The technology has been developed to support military customers to meet their needs for enhanced directed energy platforms.

Thermal management is critical to the success of directed energy systems, due to the creation of a large amount of heat by the laser system. Rolls-Royce’s ColdFire technology is designed to solve this difficult challenge associated with directed energy.

According to the company, the ColdFire system can be tailored to suit platform needs. Rolls-Royce also claims that it has been involved in discussions with military operators to address solutions for land-based, airborne, and sea vessels.

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