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October 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstration period," said Sarah Reeves, director in Strategic and Missile Defense programs at Lockheed Martin. " ... read more

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Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. ... more
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ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Lockheed Martin has successfully used a 30 kilowatt laser to bring down drones during tests in August, the company announced on Wednesday. ... more
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DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. ... more
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'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
It's been a "dynamic year" for Army space and missile defense, with a multi-domain task force being formed, a new nanosatellite set to launch soon, and more powerful laser weapons in the works, said ... more
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Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
A high-energy laser system has been fired for the first time from a helicopter at a variety of targets from differing altitudes, air speeds and flight regimes. ... more
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Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
The Missile Defense Agency is looking into acquiring and deploying a laser-armed drone to intercept and shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles. ... more
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Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. ... more
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Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Scientists at Macquarie University have developed a laser similar to the sci-fi superlaser used by the Death Star in Star Wars. A superlaser combines the multiple laser beams into a single beam. ... more

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U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials
UES Inc. received a $48.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to research and develop laser materials. ... more
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Where does laser energy go after being fired into plasma?
An outstanding conundrum on what happens to the laser energy after beams are fired into plasma has been solved in newly-published research at the University of Strathclyde. The study discovered that ... more
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Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma
Researchers in Scotland have figured out what happens to laser energy when a beam is fired into plasma. ... more
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German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids. ... more
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Battle Lasers! US, Russia, China Develop Brighter Beams for Blasting Enemies
2017 has already seen a spate of bold statements by Russia and US officials about the development and testing of laser weapons in their countries; earlier this week, the US announced that it is prep ... more
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U.S. Army demos laser weapon with Stryker vehicle
U.S. Army personnel demonstrated combat capabilities using a Stryker armored vehicle integrated with a MEHEL laser weapon. ... more
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Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. ... more
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Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal
In an effort to counteract a network of US navigation, intelligence, and communication satellites capable of unmatched precision strikes, China is developing its own arsenal of electromagnetic railg ... more

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Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens ... more
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U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons
The U.S. Air Force has issued a request for proposal to develop laser protection systems for its fleet of tactical fighter aircraft. ... more
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U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. ... more
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Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. ... more
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UK to start laser gun program
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is finalising the agreement of a Pounds 30M contract with UK DRAGONFIRE, an UK industrial team led by MBDA, to conduct the Laser Directed Energy Weapo ... more
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Russia's Ray Guns: The Military Capability of Moscow's Secret Laser Weapons
Russia's Defense Ministry has revealed that the military has commissioned several new types of laser weaponry, without further elaborating on any specifics of the systems. However, RIA Novosti spoke ... more
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US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights
The US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials have voiced concerns over its cost and viability. ... more
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US Army Hopes to Have Laser Weapons on the Battlefield by 2024
With an eye to its future wars, the US military is testing laser weapons, to perfect the latest in energy-based artillery. The Pentagon has been developing laser weapons for years, hoping that the t ... more
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