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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Field TestBETHESDA, Md., March 5, 2015 — Operating at the highest power ever documented for a system of its type, a laser weapon under development by Lockheed Martin disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test.
The 30-kW ground-based prototype, called ATHENA (for Advanced Test High Energy Asset), burned through the engine manifold in a matter of seconds from more than a mile away. The truck was mounted on a test platform with its engine and drive train running to simulate an operationally-relevant test scenario.
“Fiber optic lasers are revolutionizing directed-energy systems,” said Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin’s chief technology officer. “We are investing in every component of the system — from the optics and beam control to the laser itself — to drive size, weight and power efficiencies. This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks.”
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