Officials at Lockheed Martin announce they have successfully demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in a series of tests against representative airborne targets. Lockheed Martin developed the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system to provide a defense against short-range threats, such as rockets and unmanned aerial systems.
Since August, the ADAM system has successfully engaged an unmanned aerial system target in flight at a range of approximately 1.5km (0.9 miles) and has destroyed four small-caliber rocket targets in simulated flight at a range of approximately 2km (1.2 miles).
"Lockheed Martin has invested in the development of the ADAM system because of the enormous potential effectiveness of high-energy lasers," says Doug Graham, Lockheed Martin's vice president of advanced programs for Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. "We are committed to supporting the transition of directed energy's revolutionary capability to the war fighter."
Designed for short-range defense of high-value areas including forward operating bases, the ADAM system's 10kW fiber laser is engineered to destroy targets up to 2km (1.2 miles) away. The system precisely tracks targets in cluttered optical environments and has a tracking range of more than 5km (3.1 miles). The system has been designed to be flexible enough to operate against rockets as a standalone system and to engage unmanned aerial systems with an external radar cue. The ADAM system's modular architecture combines commercial hardware components with the company's proprietary software in an integrated and easy-to-operate system.