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Keoki Jackson: Lockheed Pushes Forward With Fiber-Optic Lasers After ATHENA Demo

Keoki Jackson: Lockheed Pushes Forward With Fiber-Optic Lasers After ATHENA Demo - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed ATHENA testLockheed Martin has completed a field test of its prototype Advanced Test High Energy Asset laser weapon system in a push to demonstrate precision functions for lasers to counter ground-based targets.

The company said Tuesday ATHENA features the 30-kilowatt, fiber-optic Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative technology and is based on the Area Defense Anti-Munitions system.

“Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems,” said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer at Lockheed.

“We are investing in every component of the system ““ from the optics and beam control to the laser itself ““ to drive size, weight and power efficiencies.”

For the field test, Lockheed used ATHENA to disable the engine of a small truck with a laser beam shot from at least a mile away to burn through the engine manifold.

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