WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin officials want-in on an upcoming U.S. Army competition for short-range air defense laser weapons expected to kick off in fiscal 2023, says Tyler Griffin, who is director of the company’s advanced product solutions strategy and business development. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article
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15 Oct. 2021 -- Taking its experience from other laser weapons programs — including an airborne laser weapon for the Air Force and a 300-kilowatt-class laser under development for the Army’s indirect fires protection capability, or IFPC, as part of a team with Dynetics — Lockheed is scaling its laser technology into what it’s calling DEIMOS.
DEIMOS stands for Directed Energy Interceptor for Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense, and is also the name of the Greek god of dread and terror. Lockheed is unveiling DEIMOS at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference.
DEIMOS is a 50-kilowatt-class laser weapon designed for integration onto a Stryker armored combat vehicle, much like the Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense, or DE M-SHORAD, prototypes the Army recently hired Kord Technologies to build. The KBR subsidiary won the contract in mid-2019. As the program’s prime contractor, Kord subsequently awarded subcontracts to Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies to compete to supply the laser module.
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