Lockheed Martin leads laser weapon development

May 6, 2005
May 6, 2005, Sunnyvale, CA--Lockheed Martin has been selected by General Atomics (San Diego, CA) as weapon system integrator for the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS). General Atomics' Photonics Division is under contract to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and demonstrate the lightweight, solid-state laser weapon system.

May 6, 2005, Sunnyvale, CA--Lockheed Martin has been selected by General Atomics (San Diego, CA) as weapon system integrator for the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS). General Atomics' Photonics Division is under contract to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and demonstrate the lightweight, solid-state laser weapon system.

To support the HELLADS program, Lockheed Martin assembled a team led by its Space Systems Company, which partnered with two sister companies, Aeronautics and Missiles and Fire Control. SAIC is also a key member of the Lockheed Martin team.

DARPA's HELLADS initiative will investigate and validate a new laser design that enables a laser weapon system to achieve an order of magnitude reduction in weight with respect to other high-energy laser system concepts. As currently planned, the HELLADS program will design, fabricate and test a subscale laser device, followed by fabrication and testing of a prototype high-energy laser weapon system. Once key weapon system parameters have been demonstrated, a tactical-scale HELLADS system will be developed and integrated into a surrogate military platform for demonstration of key capabilities.

General Atomics, headquartered in San Diego, specializes in diversified research, development and manufacturing in energy, defense, and other advanced technologies. Its affiliate company, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, builds the Predator and other unmanned aerial vehicle systems, and its Reconnaissance Systems Group builds Lynx synthetic aperture radars. The Photonics Division develops emerging technologies in solid-state lasers, sensors, diffractive optics, and ultra-wide band technologies.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2004 sales of $35.5 billion.

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