Lockheed: HELIOS laser shows early potential for area defense; exceeding ship self-defense objective

By Jason Sherman / January 11, 2021 at 4:05 PM
Government testers are evaluating a Lockheed Martin-built laser that promises a better-than-expected capability that, when paired with the Aegis combat system, provides area defense far more robust than simply self-defense against small boats and unmanned aircraft promised at the outset of the project, according to a company representative. The start of testing comes after Lockheed Martin's High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) passed muster with the Navy during key reviews in late 2020 -- including critical design...

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