directed energy

Speed-of-light Protection

Harnessing the Power of Lasers

At sea, in the air and on the ground, Lockheed Martin is developing laser weapon systems to protect warfighters on the battlefield. Combined with expert platform integration, these systems are designed to defeat a growing range of threats to military forces and infrastructure.

Our technology today is ready to defend against small rockets, artillery shells and mortars, small unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats and lightweight ground vehicles that are approximately a mile way. As fiber laser power levels increase, our systems will be able to disable larger threats and do so across greater distances. When operated in conjunction with kinetic energy systems, these systems can serve as a force multiplier.

Positioned for Success on the Battlefield

Lockheed Martin’s proven platform integration expertise includes the auxiliary technologies needed to field laser weapons systems on military aircraft, ground vehicles and ships.

“Our fiber lasers operate with an efficiency that generates less heat and exists in a smaller package allowing easier incorporation into various defense platforms. Our ALADIN laser has operated in the field for two years with no need for realignment, proving both the lethality and the reliability of our solutions.”

Dr. Rob Afzal, Senior Fellow, Laser Sensors and Systems

Air-based laser weapon systems offer flexibility and precision for self defense against aircraft and missiles and weapons on the ground. 
We have identified a path to mature and further miniaturize our laser weapon system for tactical U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps vehicles.
The low size, weight and power of our modular, self-contained laser weapon system simplifies ship integration.

Our straight-forward, robust, scalable technique combines multiple kilowatt lasers to attain weapon-level power.

ALADIN produces the highest power ever documented by a laser of this type, while retaining excellent beam quality and electrical efficiency. Through a technique called spectral beam combining, multiple fiber laser modules form a single, powerful, high-quality beam that provides greater efficiency and lethality than multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers. For less power input, we achieve greater power on target.

Our beam control technology uses mirrors, lenses and windows to shape and adjust a laser’s energy. 

For laser devices with output as small as 10 kilowatts or as great as 1 megawatt, our beam control optics and software algorithms fine-tune the energy stream into a focused beam. The energy travels through an optical system of mirrors, lenses and windows that concentrate it and adjust it for distortions in the atmosphere it will pass through on the way to the target.

“Our beam control technology enables precision equivalent to shooting a beach ball off the top of the Empire State Building from the San Francisco Bay Bridge.”

Paul Shattuck, Director of Directed Energy systems


Lockheed Martin breakthroughs are boosting the performance of laser weapon systems for ground, air and sea platforms while shrinking their size, weight and power consumption. This includes spectral beam combining, adaptive optics, precision pointing, line-of sight stabilization and air-flow control.    

We have showcased many of these technologies in our 10-kilowatt prototype system, which has defeated small airborne and sea-based targets, and our 30-kilowatt test bed system, which has disabled a stationary truck target.