Lockheed Martin announced that in the past two months, it has tested its area defense anti-munitions system against free-flying Qassam-like rockets.
During the demonstration in March and April, the ADAM system was able to destroy eight small-caliber rockets at 1.5-kilometer ranges, according to a Lockheed statement.
“High-energy lasers complement kinetic energy systems and have unique attributes, including very low cost per engagement, a virtually unlimited ‘magazine’ and minimal collateral damage,” said Doug Graham, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of advanced programs for strategic and missile defense systems.
The ADAM laser system is transportable and can provide defense against rockets, unmanned aerial systems and even small boats.
The system was able to destroy 11 small-caliber rockets in 2-kilometer ranges in 2012 tests.