The Navy burning laser pointer wasn't specifically designed or deployed to counter Iran's arsenal of small armed vessels, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said in an interview earlier this year.A 1999 Pentagon review concluded that chemical lasers were impractical as weapons, leading academics and the industry to shift their attention to "electrically pumped" solid-state lasers of two kinds: "bulk" and "fiber."
This doesn't necessarily mean that we'll have a burning laser pointer strong enough to destroy Alderaan anytime soon, as for now, the technology is limited to the 15-30 KW range. I think we are ready to do that in the near future." Lockheed is working on that problem through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency effort known as the Aero-Adaptive, Aero-Optic Beam Control (ABC) program. The US military is "very close" to developing laser sight weapons for use on the battlefield, an army official has revealed.
But if the burning laser pointer weapons are implemented by the Pentagon, they could help in the fight against ISIL,as they could disable the small trucks used by the organization much more efficiently and cheaply.The Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) Capability Demonstrator will be built by MBDA UK, which has sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, and will lead to a one-off prototype, delivered by 2019. "We at Skunk Works are ready to take this technology, capitalize on it, integrate it into air platforms and go demonstrate it to the customers.
The Navy has awarded a $53 million contract to Northrop Grumman for development and systems integration for a 150 kW Laser Sight weapon system, to be installed for evaluation on the Self Defense Test Ship (USS Paul D Foster).Both types generate their beam by sending electricity into laser diodes - tiny semiconductors - that convert the electricity into powerful light that is pumped into the gain medium.Lockheed Martin announced this week that production of a new laser weapon system has begun at the company's Bothell, Washington facility.
Integrating Laser Sight onto aerial platforms is more problematic because of the air dynamics around the aircraft. The high-powered burning laser pointer weapon modules will be used as the heart of a 60-kilowatt system designed to be fitted to a US Army vehicle.Still, the technology is at a "tipping point," reported Daniel Miller, senior fellow, air vehicle science and systems, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.The program is intended to develop airborne laser technology capable of shooting 360 degrees.