We have seen the future of fighter jets, and it includes Lockheed Martin’s Tactical Laser Weapon System (TALWS). The company is currently developing a directed energy system for fighter jets, and hope to deploy it within 5-years. This system will include a beam director, or the optical system that places the high-energy light on target and keeps it there with enough precision to defeat the threat. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The futuristic directed energy weapon system will first be showcased on an Army application in the form of a 300-kilowatt class laser mounted on a ground vehicle to defeat drones, rockets, artillery and mortars. This data will allow their researchers and engineers to establish low-risk production processes to build critical laser weapon optical components, some of which have never seen a production line at rates their customers need.
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As laser weapon systems transition from the lab to the field, our customers are looking to industry to mature critical LWS technologies and prepare them for full-rate production. While we’re maturing technologies like the beam director, we’re also developing airborne laser pod solutions that support a rapid transition to production and deployment—and ultimately, a transition to embedded systems,” said the company.