Naval Weapons

Lockheed Martin to develop HELIOS laser weapon for DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

30 January 2018

Key Points

  • HELIOS will leverage proven mature technology to field a 60-150 kW class high-energy laser weapon system
  • The project plans to deliver two test units in FY 2020: one for a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer and one at a land-based test site

The US Navy (USN) has selected Lockheed Martin’s Aculight business for the fast-track development of a high-energy laser weapon system for testing on a DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

The new system, known as the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS), is intended to provide an initial laser weapon capability to the US fleet.

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