Lockheed Martin to build lasers for fighter jets

The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the development of a high-power fibre laser.

AFRL will test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021.

The contract is part of AFRL’s Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme, which includes three subsystems:

  • SHiELD Turret Research in Aero Effects – the beam control system.
  • Laser Pod Research and Development – the pod mounted on the jet.
  • Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments – the high-energy laser.

“The development of high-power laser systems like SHiELD show laser weapon system technologies are becoming real. The technologies are ready to be produced, tested, and deployed on aircraft, ground vehicles, and ships,” said¬†Lockheed Martin.

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Lockheed Martin to build lasers for fighter jets