Lockheed Martin, the security and defense Technology Company, showed off their sophisticated weaponry, the ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) laser system, by exploding a truck in a field experiment. The firm stated that this laser weapon is the most powerful of its kind ever built and tested.
The 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon demonstrated that it succeeded in bringing down the engine of a truck. To show the novelty of the company in constructing weapons technology which is more accurate was the reason behind the demonstration of such power.
Keoki Jackson, Chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin said, “Fiber-optics lasers are revolutionizing direct energy systems,” he further said, “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 efficiency.”
Test conducted displayed that when the weapon was fired from a distance of more than a mile, the laser just took a few seconds to burn through the engine of the truck, ATHENA being a ground-based model system.
In place of multiple individual 10-kilowatt laser put to use in other systems which is using the method of spectral beam combining, numerous fiber laser components join together to develop a single high-quality beam which is much more efficient and lethal. According to Jackson, this type of defense technology, the exhibition of the laser weapon, is what the company is very much interested to develop in the future.
“This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military, aircraft helicopters, ships and trucks,” he said also.
The military is also interested in conducting tests to check the usage of the laser weapons for different purposes. The Office of Naval Research is working on developing such kind of laser weapons which will be able to accurately hit air targets like aerial drones.