Lockheed Martin has announced it has delivered to the US Navy a high-energy laser with integrated optical dazzler and surveillance (HELIOS), providing directed-energy capability to the fleet.
This article by Peter Suciu, writing for 1945, makes the following points:
- It is the first tactical laser weapon system incorporated into existing ships.
- Disruptive laser weapon systems are designed to enhance the overall combat effectiveness of ships to deter threats and provide additional protection for sailors,
- HELIOS systems could also support long-range intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
- The US Navy has spent more than a decade working on equipping warships with laser weapons that can confuse or destroy enemy systems.
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