23 Oct '15, 9pm

Lockheed Shows Off Ground-Based Laser System

Lockheed Shows Off Ground-Based Laser System

Lockheed Martin’s Athena laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. (Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin) Lockheed Martin Corp. showed off its new ground-based laser weapon at this week’s Army expo in Washington, D.C. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company displayed its 30-kilowatt Advanced Test High Energy Asset at the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army, an Arlington, Virginia-based advocacy group for the service. The fiber optic laser drew curious onlookers throughout the three-day event. Called Athena, it recently entered production for the Army and could enter the combat zone next year. The weapon is also designed to take out small rockets, artillery shells and mortars, small unmanned aerial vehicles and small attack boats, according to the company. Usi...

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