Lockheed delivers HELIOS laser to the Navy

By Audrey Decker / August 18, 2022 at 11:15 AM

Lockheed Martin has delivered its multimission laser weapon system to the Navy, slated to be operational at sea in fiscal year 2023.

The High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance is a weapon system that provides the Navy with different options for deterrence.

This is the first tactical laser weapon system to be integrated into existing ships, the company said in a statement today.

“HELIOS is a transformational new weapon system providing an additional layer of protection for the fleet with its deep magazine, low-cost per kill, speed of light delivery and precision response,” Lockheed said.

The laser will be integrated into the Aegis combat system on the destroyer Preble (DDG-88).

HELIOS is increment one of the multi-increment Surface Navy Laser Weapon System acquisition program, which is aimed at exploring the potential of laser technology for the surface fleet.