Lockheed Martin has experienced a 60-kilowatt laser combat for the needs of the US army
Lockheed Martin conducted a successful test of the new combat laser, whose power is 60 kW. During the tests, the measured power of the laser beam is a new installation made up of 58 kilowatts, according to Defence Talk. Held trials was recognized as finishing in a development project on laser weapons created by the contract of the U.S. Army.
Laser weapons will help to fight certain types of targets, primarily with unmanned aerial vehicles, mortar shells and projectiles as well as light aircraft and helicopters of the enemy. In addition, combat lasers will help the military to quickly destroy detected mines and improvised explosive devices.
The main advantage of laser weapons the military is considered “unlimited” ammunition — the unit can fire as long as it does not cease to receive energy from the generator. In addition, the cost of a single shot from the laser system will be several times lower than the cost of a shot from a mortar or artillery .
Developed by Lockheed Martin is based on the principle of spectral combining of fiber lasers. This weapon has multiple laser emitters, the rays from which are transmitted through the optical fiber in a device of combination. The result is that several low-power emitters to output high-power beam.
The technology used in the new installation, according to Lockheed Martin, allows an average of 50 percent energy savings compared to solid state lasers. The development of the new plant was conducted by Lockheed Martin at the request of the U.S. Army in 2014.
In 2015, Lockheed Martin announced that laser weapons are already sufficiently developed and reliable, and the military can take combat lasers into service at any time. The company noted that the combat laser can be installed on almost any platform, including car, ship or plane.
Then it was about fighting lasers with a capacity from 15 to 30 kilowatts. More powerful system is still being developed, and their development is not so much the technical side, how many parallel research in various fields, including the atmospheric influence.