NSWC Crane Collaborates on High-Energy Laser Project

August 12, 2021 – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) collaborated with NSWC Dahlgren, NSWC Port Hueneme, Integrated Warfare Systems 2.0, Directed Energy (IWS 2.0, DE), and Lockheed Martin to bring a high energy laser control system to the Navy fleet. The Navy is developing several ship-based weapons that could improve the Navy’s surface ships to defend against…

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NSWC Dahlgren Division Engineers Develop Decision Aid for High Energy Laser Fire Control

July 29, 2021 – While autonomous car companies strive to build a self-driving car that people can trust, a Navy engineering team designed a decision aid that Sailors operating a high-energy laser can trust. The common denominator in both cases is autonomy via artificial intelligence. In the case of an autonomous system that uses artificial intelligence to assist warfighters in…

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Lockheed Martin Delivers HELIOS Laser Weapon System to US Navy

January 11, 2021 – This year, the U.S. Navy will field the first acquisition program to deploy the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance, or HELIOS, a laser weapon system with high-energy fiber lasers for permanent fielding by the U.S. Department of Defense. This will be the only deployed laser system integrated into an operational Flight IIA DDG.…

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USS Portland conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test

May 22, 2020 – USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser – Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16. LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD’s operational…

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People’s Liberation Army Navy lased a U.S. Navy P-8A in unsafe, unprofessional manner

February 27, 2020 – A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was lased by People’s Republic of China (PRC) navy destroyer 161 on Feb. 17 while flying in airspace above international waters approximately 380 miles west of Guam. The P-8A was operating in international airspace in accordance with international rules and regulations. The PRC navy destroyer’s actions were unsafe…

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