Lockheed Martin’s Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system is a prototype laser weapon system that is designed to defeat close-in improvised rocket, and unmanned aerial system (UAS) and small boat threats. Lockheed Martin based the system on commercial hardware paired with the corporation’s beam control architecture and software to provide the performance needed for these types of threats.
Providing short-range defense of high-value areas including forward operating bases, the ADAM system is designed to track targets at a range of more than 5 kilometers and to destroy targets at a range of up to 2 kilometers.
This ground-based, transportable system is self-contained to conduct the full engagement sequence against rockets and accepts an initial external radar cue to engage UASs. For rocket threats, the ADAM system detects the threat and within seconds locks on the target and establishes an aim point. When the ADAM system declares a valid aim point, it fires the laser on the target long enough to negate the rocket, or UAS, or small boat.
Lockheed Martin developed the ADAM system under independent research and development funding and Lockheed Martin has successfully demonstrated the prototype in a series of tests against representative airborne and maritime targets.