Lockheed Martin has delivered a 60kW high energy laser with integrated optical-dazzler and surveillance (HELIOS) to the US Navy. The counter measure is the first tactical laser weapon system to be integrated into existing ships and provide directed energy capability to the fleet.
HELIOS is designed to provide tactically relevant laser weapon system warfighting capability as a key element of a layered US defence architecture.
The first installation is reported to be aboard USS Preble during a depot maintenance period.
Rick Cordaro, vice president, Lockheed Martin Advanced Product Solutions said: “Lockheed Martin and the US Navy share a common vision and enthusiasm for developing and providing disruptive laser weapon systems. HELIOS enhances the overall combat system effectiveness of the ship to deter future threats and provide additional protection for Sailors, and we understand we must provide scalable solutions customized to the Navy’s priorities. HELIOS represents a solid foundation for incremental delivery of robust and powerful laser weapon system capabilities.”
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