Laser Weapons

Lockheed Martin Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) Laser Weapon Turret for Supersonic Jet Fighter Aircraft: 360-Degree, 30-Kilowatt Spectral-Beam-Combining Laser Cuts Right Through Air Turbulence to Kill Targets!

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image Credit: Lockheed Martin October 20, 2015 DefenseReview (DR) has been covering the development of weapons-grade lasers for awhile now, including¬†aircraft-mounted laser weapon systems. While our most recent piece on aircraft-mounted laser weapons tech was published on September 24th of this year (2015), we actually published a piece specifically on Lockheed Martin’s …

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New Laser Weapons Coming to a Drone Near You: General Atomics Predator-C Avenger Getting 150-Kilowatt Laser Weapon, and Rheinmetall Defence Developing 80-Kilowatt Gatling Laser!

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Images Credit: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) September 24, 2015 Last updated on 9/25/15. In the last two days, a couple of articles have come out on new military-grade laser weapons coming to fruition, specifically manned and unmanned aircraft-mounted laser weapons. The first piece, published by Defense One discusses General Atomics …

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US Navy Approves Raytheon Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Shipborne Laser for Ship Defense in Persian Gulf after Successful Testing

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo Credit: Raytheon Company December 10, 2014 It would appear that a new martial technological dawn is officially upon us, specifically the era of laser warfare. The U.S. Navy just approved the use of the shipborne Laser Weapon System (LaWS) for use in the Persian Gulf (and presumably anywhere else its needed). …

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Lockheed Martin Develops Compact, Lightweight, High-Energy 30-Kilowatt Portable Electric Fiber Laser Weapon System for Fighter Aircraft: Spectral Beam Combining (SBC) Combines Multiple Lasers into Single Beam for Maximum Power

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you. Images Credit: Lockheed Martin Aculight February …

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U.S. Air Force Seeking Laser Weapons for Fighter Aircraft: Air-to-Air Combat Laser Cannon Cometh?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you November 20, 2013 Last updated on …

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Marines to Get Anti-Drone (UAS/UAV) Mobile Laser Weapon System, Soon?: Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy on-the-Move (GBADDEM) Coming to a Battlespace Near You…Maybe

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you. Image Credit: Saft Batteries (via Fast …

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Rheinmetall 50kW Anti-Aircraft/Mortar/Rocket Laser Weapon System: The Future of Air Defense?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you. January 22, 2013 Speaking of precision-guided …

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SPA Defense/XADS TR3 Laser Rifle for Ship Defense/Anti-Piracy Operations: Hit ’em with the Big Green Laser Beam!

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos contained in this article were taken by DefenseReview.com, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). January 28, 2011 Alright, this one was, hands-down, one of the coolest things DefenseReview (DR) …

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Shipborne Raytheon Laser Weapon System (LaWS) Shoots Down Four Drone Aircraft over the Water in U.S. Navy Test (Video!): Can it Protect our Aircraft Carriers from the Latest Above-Water Threats?

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com July 20, 2010 On October 15, 2009, DefenseReview (DR) published an article on the U.S. Air Force’s successful testing of a Lockheed Martin Martin NC-130H-mounted Boeing Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) weapon system. As impressive as that may have been, Raytheon Company just picked up the gauntlet by shooting down four unmanned aerial …

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Lasing Skulls in the Digital Age: Tactical Laser Weapons Finally Maturing for Future Warfare Applications: Meet the Boeing ATL (Advanced Tactical Laser) Airborne Laser Weapon

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com October 15, 2009 There’s a scene at the beginning of the 1985 film Real Genius showing a fictional “Crossbow Project” demonstration video of some unlucky bastard (perhaps a third-world dictator or politician?) getting instantly vaporized by a space-based laser weapon fired from a satellite. The video is being shown to a bunch …

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