Military Embedded Systems

Laser weapon system delivered to U.S. Navy by Lockheed


August 19, 2022

Dan Taylor

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Illustration courtesy Lockheed Martin

SAN DIEGO, California. Lockheed Martin has delivered a multi-mission laser weapon system to the U.S. Navy that is intended to provide directed energy capability to certain ships, the company announced in a statement.

Lockheed delivered the 60+ kW-class high-energy laser with integrated optical-dazzler and surveillance (HELIOS), which will be integrated into existing ships and provide a laser weapon system as an element of a "layered defense architecture," the statement reads.

Earlier this year, the laser completed range testing at Wallops Island in Virginia. It will be installed on the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Preble (DDG-88). The laser reportedly will be integrated with the ship's Aegis Combat System, and will replace its Mk15 Close-In Weapon System.

Besides close-in defense, HELIOS is designed to "dazzle" unmanned aerial systems, and it can also be used for surveillance.

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