Lockheed Martin expects to have its High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) system ready for preliminary design review this year, Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors, said on 15 January during a briefing at the Surface Navy Association 2019 symposium in Arlington, Virginia.
Now being designed for US Navy (USN) guided-missile destroyers, HELIOS is meant to help the vessels defend themselves against unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).
The USN’s current Aegis Combat Systems are meant to protect against missile or manned aircraft attacks, using a network of sensor cues and fire-control systems to fire the vessel’s own missiles against relatively large and fast-flying threats.
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