South Korea's ADD develops laser-power enhancing technology

by Alessandra Giovanzanti & Mark Cazalet & Dae Young Kim & George Papangelopoulos

South Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) announced on 25 May that it has developed a laser-power enhancing technology for use in future weapon systems, with the most immediate application being a laser-based air-defence system.

The agency said in a statement that the technology combines multiple lasers with different wavelengths into a single beam, which is understood to refer to a technique known as spectral beam combining.

South Korea's ADD announced on 25 May that it has developed a laser-power enhancing technology for use in future weapon systems, with the most immediate application being a laser-based air-defence system. (ADD)

South Korea's ADD announced on 25 May that it has developed a laser-power enhancing technology for use in future weapon systems, with the most immediate application being a laser-based air-defence system. (ADD)

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA)-led project, which began in 2015 and was completed in 2020, saw the ADD apply the spectral beam-combining technology to a 1 kW-class laser module and manage to integrate five 1 kW-class fibre lasers into one 5 kW-class high-quality laser module.

The use of fibre lasers presents several advantages in terms of miniaturisation, weight, handling, and maintenance. If developed as a weapon system, it can be used for air defence against threats such as unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and/or missiles, said the ADD.

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/south-koreas-add-develops-laser-power-enhancing-technology

South Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) announced on 25 May that it has developed a laser...

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