Lockheed Martin handed out a 300 kW war laser to the military, which they never had before

Lockheed Martin handed out a 300 kW war laser to the military, which they never had before

Lockheed Martin reported that the US Department of Defense had supplied its most powerful laser to date, a HELSI installation of up to 300 kW. On the basis of this laser, the military would have created an IFPC-HEL demonstration facility for field testing of the system before the end of the year.

Lockheed Martin was selected by the U.S. military in 2019 to scale up the architecture of a combination of high-energy laser with a spectrum beam up to 300 kW within the company's time frame.

– Rick Cordaro, Vice-President of Lockheed Martin Advance Production Solutions, said, will begin laboratory and field testing of the system as part of the army demonstration complex in the coming months.

Laser weapons promise to lower the cost of firing and reduce indirect damage from shooting and targeting. First in the United States, they've taken up lasers for fleets that are interested in weapons without having to keep limited weapons on ships. However, while the United States Navy is installing relatively low-powered 60-Wt laser systems that are suitable for the destruction of light drones and robotic boats, as well as for the blinding of enemy surveillance devices. Installations of up to 300 kW are more serious than anything to intercept projectiles and missiles.