Lockheed Martin ground-based laser system performs against rockets and drones

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 28 Nov. 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in a series of tests against representative airborne targets. The system, called the area defense anti-munitions (ADAM) system, was developed by Lockheed Martin to provide a defense against short-range threats, such as rockets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Lockheed Martin’s ADAM system is a laser weapon system that defeats close-in improvised rocket and UAV threats. This ground-based, transportable system is self-contained to conduct the full engagement sequence against rockets and accepts an initial external radar cue to engage UAVs.

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Since August, the ADAM system has successfully engaged an unmanned aerial system target in flight at a range of approximately 0.9 miles, and has destroyed four small-caliber rocket targets in simulated flight at a range of approximately 1.2 miles.

The ADAM system uses a 10-kilowatt fiber laser that is engineered to destroy targets up to 1.2 miles away. The system can track targets in cluttered optical environments and has a tracking range of more than 3.1 miles. The system has been designed to operate against rockets as a standalone system and to engage UAVs with an external radar cue. The ADAM system uses a modular architecture that combines commercial hardware components with the company's proprietary software in an integrated system.

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