Lockheed Martin delivered a 60+ kW-class high-energy laser with integrated optical dazzler and surveillance to the U.S. Navy. The system, called HELIOS, is the first tactical laser weapon system to be integrated into existing ships and provide directed energy capability to the fleet.
This delivery of the two integrated weapon systems is part of the U.S. Navy’s $150 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2018. The multi-mission HELIOS system will provide tactically relevant laser weapon system energy capability to the fleet.
The HELIOS system is a transformational new weapon system providing an additional layer of protection for the fleet with its deep magazine, low-cost per kill speed of light delivery, and accurate response.
In addition, the integrated and scalable system can deliver tactically relevant laser weapon system warfighting capabilities, which is a crucial component of layered defense architecture. The HELIOS system can be adapted for warships and combat systems, including big-deck amphibious vessels and aircraft carriers, with the Ship Self-Defence System (SSDS).
“Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy share a common vision and enthusiasm for developing and providing disruptive laser weapon systems,” said Rick Cordaro, vice president of Lockheed Martin Advanced Product Solutions. “HELIOS enhances the overall combat system effectiveness of the ship to deter future threats and provide additional protection for Sailors, and we understand we must provide scalable solutions customized to the Navy’s priorities. HELIOS represents a solid foundation for incremental delivery of robust and powerful laser weapon system capabilities.”