Directed Energy

New Age Threats Require

New Age Defenses

For 40 years, Lockheed Martin has researched, designed, developed, and captured electromagnetic energy and elevated its power to create innovative Directed Energy solutions. We have developed laser weapon systems, radio frequency and other directed energy technologies for air, ground and sea platforms to provide an affordable countermeasure alternative. We are addressing critical needs such as accuracy, mobility, size, weight and power (SWaP), cooling, and minimal collateral damage.

Spectrum Technologies

Laser Weapon Systems

Specializing in high energy laser weapon systems, Lockheed Martin has a broad range of expertise and experience with advanced beam control, fiber-based spectral beam combining, specialized sensors, and system integration, including a company-sponsored 30kW ALADIN/ATHENA system supplemented by current programs such as the DE RELI/HEL-MD program for the U.S. Army.

Electro-Optic / Infrared Countermeasures

Focused on providing the most advanced laser-based threat adaptable countermeasure devices to counter all types of surface-to-air and air-to-air EO/IR threats, leveraging over 30 years of EO/IRCM development and test experience.

Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies

Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

There’s no doubt that on the battlefield and at home, autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) are rapidly becoming part of our daily human experience. We are building AI systems that will keep people in control while enabling them to be safer, and increase mission success in the toughest and most unpredictable of situations.


Going Mach 5, or over 60 miles per minute, creates a number of complex engineering and physics challenges which is why Lockheed Martin leverages expertise and technology from across the corporation to tackle these challenges with speed, agility and ingenuity. As one of the Department of Defense’s highest technical priorities, our scientists and engineers are developing game-changing hypersonic solutions.

Multi-Domain Operations

For more than a decade, we’ve worked alongside the Department of Defense to develop systems, mature critical technologies, and explore concepts of operations that will enable Multi-Domain Operations. We’re focused on connecting systems by ensuring every element is a collector, a sharer and a learner to move decision-quality data faster than ever before, allowing our military forces to create multiple, simultaneous, complex problems at a speed our adversaries cannot match.

Employee Spotlight

From Packaging Technology to Lasers – the Ultimate Cool Factor

"I'm excited because I'm at the forefront of thermal management technology. It excites me to work with such smart people and push these technologies forward."

After graduating from the University of Washington with bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, Aleks worked with the veteran's affairs hospital doing lower limb prosthetic research for her master's research project. Her work brought her to Bothell, Washington, where she joined Lockheed Martin, as a Design and Packaging Engineer.

Landing a spot in the Lockheed Martin inaugural Associate Fellow class, Aleks earned a fellowship from developing and advancing the two-phase pump (TPPL) cooling systems that distinguished herself as an expert in thermal management.

Aleks and a fellow colleague invented the Phase-change material (PCM) embedded heat exchanger assembly for laser diode cooling and systems and methods, and was awarded a U.S. patent in 2021. In 2010, Aleks received her first patent for an innovative approach for mechanically and thermally managing high-power optical fiber.

Her goal is to continue focus on cooling solutions for lasers to find innovative ways to make these systems smaller and packageable to get them into a deliverable platform for our warfighters.