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Lockheed Martin awarded contract for 300kW laser weapon systems

11th October 2023 - 10:53 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Lockheed Martin will deliver two 300 kW-class IFPC-HEL prototypes with an option for two more. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has secured a contract to develop and deliver up to four 300kW-class laser weapon systems for the US Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) prototype programme.

Under the contract Lockheed Martin will deliver two 300kW-class Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) prototypes with an option for two additional units.

The IFPC-HEL system complements other layered defence components to protect soldiers from stressing threats, UAS, rocket, artillery and mortars, along with rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

Development of the system began in 2019 with Lockheed Martin working on the transition from the 100 kW-class science and technology programme, the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL-TVD), to the 300 kW-class IFPC-HEL demonstrator.

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Lockheed Martin unveils plans to develop new class of 500kW laser weapon

In 2020, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to develop a compact, ruggedised 300 kW-class laser for the DoD.

In August 2022, Lockheed Martin delivered the High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative (HELSI) laser for use in the IFPC-HEL demonstrator, which was the most powerful solid-state directed energy technology delivered at that time.​

In July Lockheed Martin announced plans to upscale its 300kW laser to 500kW class under a contract awarded by the US Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (OUSD (R&E)), a follow on to a contract from the same organisation for developing a smaller version.

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