29 January 2014
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said it has demonstrated a 30-kilowatt electric fibre laser, the highest power ever documented while retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency.
The internally funded research and development program culminated in this demonstration, which was achieved by combining many fibre lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light, all while using approximately 50 percent less electricity than alternative solid-state laser technologies. The unique process, called spectral beam combining, sends beams from multiple fibre laser modules, each with a unique wavelength, into a combiner that forms a single, powerful, high quality beam.
The successful demonstration marks a significant milestone on the path to deploying a mission-relevant laser weapon system for a wide range of air, land and sea military platforms.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Its website is at http://www.lockheedmartin.com.