Ground-based laser defense system tested against UAS, rockets by Lockheed Martin

SUNNYVALE, CA. Lockheed Martin has successfully tested and demonstrated the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system, a portable ground-based laser system designed as a countermeasure against short-range airborne threats such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and rockets. The testing, which began at a simulated flight range in August, saw the ADAM military laser system successfully engage an in-flight UAS target at an approximate range of 1.5 km and destroy four small-caliber rocket targets at an approximate range of 1.2 km.

is intended as a short-range defense system for areas of high value, and is capable of target tracking in diffuse optical environments at up to 5 km. ADAM’s 10 kw fiber laser can successfully engage targets at ranges of up to 2 km, and integrated flexibility allows the platform to combat rockets as a standalone system or be coupled with an external radar cue for engaging UASs.

Doug Graham, VP of Advanced Programs for Strategic and Missile Defense Systems at , said “Lockheed Martin has invested in the development of the ADAM system because of the enormous potential effectiveness of high-energy lasers.”

The system’s modular architecture leverages Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware components and Lockheed software. Paul Shattuck, Director of Directed Energy Systems for Strategic Missile Defense Systems at Lockheed Martin, commented, “To provide a practical and affordable defense against serious threats to military forces and installations … we combined our proven laser beam control architecture with commercial hardware to create a capable, integrated laser weapon system.”

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