Laser Weapons to Help Defend Tactical Aircraft

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October 23, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: October 23 on

Laser weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are helping the U.S. Air Force develop a compact, ruggedized, high-power laser to defend tactical aircraft flying at or above the speed of sound from enemy aircraft and missiles. The program entitled Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) seeks to explore ways of reducing risk for laser weapons on aircraft. Lockheed Martin Aculight experts will help advance the state-of-the-art in laser technologies, demonstrate performance, and assess the operational utility of a laser weapon small enough to fit on tactical aircraft like jet fighters.