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The US Navy Bought Its First Big Laser Cannon
New, drone-frying weapon could go to sea in 2020.


David Axe
Feb 7 2018, 5:00am

In late January, the US Navy dropped $150 million on a pair of new laser cannons. One of the so-called "High Energy Lasers," built by Lockheed Martin, is destined for testing on land.

The other is going to sea aboard an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer as early as 2020, potentially making it the world's first large, war-ready "directed-energy" weapon.

Lockheed's laser reportedly draws as much as 150 kilowatts of power per shot—enough to fry boats and unmanned aerial vehicles. Upgrading the laser to 300 kilowatts, thus boosting its range and power, could allow it to also destroy fast-moving, incoming missiles before they can strike their targets.

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Lockheed Martin to Deliver Integrated Laser Weapon Systems to U.S. Navy

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The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $150 million contract, with options worth up to $942.8 million, for the development, manufacture and delivery of two high power laser weapon systems, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and counter-Unmanned Aerial System (counter-UAS) capabilities, by fiscal year 2020. With the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system, Lockheed Martin will help the Navy take a major step forward in its goal to field laser weapon systems aboard surface ships.

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Yemen coast a ‘live fire laboratory’ for firing lasers
By: Todd South   6 hours ago

Each of the military branches researches, tests and deploys various laser systems. But right now, a real battlespace is hosting a showcase of laser threats and countermeasures off the coast of Yemen.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told congressional representatives during a budget hearing this week that the area is a hot zone for the use of both offensive and defense laser systems.

Neller’s comments came following remarks made by Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson, who discussed with the House Appropriations Committee the possibility of a “family of lasers” portfolio to help combat smaller threats to Navy ships, such as air and seaborne drones.

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