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Successful EXCALIBUR Test Brings DARPA Closer to Compact High Energy Lasers

DARPA successfully tested an optical phased array (OPA) combining 21 laser beams, as part of the Excalibur program. With each of the 21 array...

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Hi-Power Electric Fiber-Laser

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the feasibility of generating 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser, the highest power ever documented while retaining beam quality and electrical efficiency....

RAFAEL Develops a New High Energy Laser Weapon

RAFAEL's Iron Beam operational scenario. Photo: RAFAEL
Israel plans to implement a fifth ‘active defense’ layer in its national multi-layered air and missile defense system, aimed to provide an affordable countermeasure...

US Army Tests High Power Laser Weapon

The Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) underwent multiple test events between Nov. 18 and Dec. 10, at White Sands Missile Range,...

China May be Preparing for Third Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Test In January

China may be planning to conduct an anti-satellite (ASAT) test sometime this month, The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) claims in a recent post published by USC China Project Director Gregory Kulacki. Unlike previous tests conducted at the lower earth orbit, this test could be aimed at the medium orbit, at an altitude of 20,000 km above earth

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates High-Energy Laser C-RAM Application

The Lockheed Martin Area Defense Anti-munitions (ADAM) prototype laser weapon system successfully destroyed a rocket target from a range of 1.6 kilometers. The complete engagement - from target acquisition, tracking to illumination and destruction took approximately three seconds.

Boeing Conducts First Flight Test of the CHAMP Cyber Missile

A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.

Gamma Laser Demonstrates Burning Through an Anti-Ship Missile Skin

Northrop Grumman has test fired a ruggedized and compact high power solid-state laser designed to form the basic module of future, operational laser weapons.

Rheinmetall Successfully Tests High-Energy Laser Weapon

Rheinmetall Defense has successfully combined a 1-kW and 10-kW laser weapons with advanced air defense system demonstrating the utilization of directed energy weapons in engaging a wide range of a number asymmetric threats. The demonstrator systems were tested at the Ochsenboden proving ground in Switzerland where they destroyed aerial target, floating targets an suspected IEDs.

Boeing Conducts First Tests of High Power Microwave (HPM) Missile

successfully completed the first flight test of a counter-electronics missile carrying a high power microwave payload designed to zap enemy electronic system. CHAMP is a nonlethal weapon designed to neutralize electronic targets. It is considered a cost effective alternative to current kinetic (explosive) weapons, that cannot penetrate hidden, underground targets.

MBDA Germany Demonstrates Laser weapon Technology for C-RAM Application

MBDA Germany successfully tested a 10kW laser illuminator designed for use with future Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) laser weapon system.

ONR Team Demonstrates Source for Future 100KW FEL Laser

The Free Electron Laser (FEL) program is undergoing Office of Naval Research's (ONR) preliminary design review (PDR) this week, following the successful critical demonstration of an injector capable generating the electron flow for the megawatt-class FEL laser.

High Power Laser are Maturing into Weapons Grade Systems

Defense industries and U.S. government research and development authorities are rapidly progressing to mature high power solid-state lasers (SSL), for use as directed energy...

Airborne Laser Demonstrates First Ballistic Missile Intercept

The Missile Defense Agency successfully achieved a major milestone in the missile defense program, demonstrating the airborne laser can effectively destroy ballistic missiles in...

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