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

Lockheed Martin Corp. has demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in tests against airborne targets. The area defense anti-munitions (ADAM) system provides a defense against short-range rockets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). ADAM is self-contained, and accepts an initial external radar cue to engage UAVs. The ADAM system has engaged a flying UAV at 0.9 miles, and has destroyed four small-caliber rockets in simulated flight. The ADAM system uses a 10-kilowatt fiber laser able destroy targets as far away as 1.2 miles. Its modular architecture combines commercial hardware with the company's proprietary software.

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