US Army gets world record-setting 60-kW laser
By: Jen Judson, March 16, 2017 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The U.S. Army is taking delivery of a 60 kilowatt-class laser from Lockheed Martin as the company wraps up demonstrations of the capability.
“In testing earlier this month, the Lockheed Martin laser produced a single beam of 58kW, representing a world record for a laser of this type,” the company said in a statement Thursday.
Lockheed was contracted to deliver the combined fiber laser for the Army’s Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, or HEMTT, the largest vehicle in the Army inventory, after previously testing a 10-kW laser on the platform.
Once the laser is integrated, that becomes the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck. Boeing is doing the integration work.
The laser is based on a design developed under the Department of Defense’s Robust Electric Laser Initiative Program, as well as through investments into the 60 kW-class system by the company and the Army.
The Pentagon has made directed energy an important priority because military officials believe ultimately employing lasers will dramatically decrease the cost of firing shots. Missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars would ultimately cost far more than shooting with a laser, and with the proper power source, laser weapons would never run out of ammunition.
The delivery of the more powerful laser to the Army marks another important milestone in developing directed energy to be used as laser weapons on a variety of platforms.
The 10-kW specialized commercial-off-the-shelf welding laser on a HEMTT was tested between 2010 and 2014 in the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator program and shot down targets in flight, to include class 2 unmanned aircraft systems and 60mm mortars at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The less powerful laser was also tested at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during a maneuver fires integration experiment last spring where the primary targets were class 1 quadcopter UAS as well as ground targets like simulated ground stations and ammunition points.
In 2015, the company used a 30-kW fiber laser weapon, known as ATHENA, to disable a truck from a mile away.
Lockheed is preparing to ship the 60-kW laser to the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command in Huntsville, Ala.
The more powerful laser brings together individual lasers “generated through fiber optics, to generate a single, intense laser beam,” Lockheed explained, which allows for it to be scaled up in power by adding more fiber laser subunits.
“We have shown that a powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air,” Robert Afzal, a senior fellow for Lockheed’s Laser and Sensor Systems business, said.
The laser system has “proved to be highly efficient in testing,” the company stated, “capable of translating more than 43 percent of the electricity that powered it directly into the actual laser beam it emitted."
Last edited by buglerbilly; 17-03-17 at 10:39 AM.
A bit more detail on this new SPAAG.............Interesting comparison with the 60kw Laser system above..........which is going to more effective and cost efficient against UAV's, UCAV's and Loitering Munitions...................?
Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:55
Turkish army has ordered Korkut new 35mm short-range air defense system to Aselsan from Turkey
Turkish Army has signed a contract with the Company Aselsan of Turkey for the purchase of undisclosed number of new Korkut 35mm short-range air defense system after successful qualifications tests. This new air defense system was unveiled during IDEF 2013, a defense exhibition in Istanbul in May 2013.
Korkut 35mm cannon short-range air defense system mounted on FNSS ACV30 tracked armoured at IDEF 2013, International Defense exhibition, in Istanbul, Turkey.
The whole system consists of two tracked vehicles including one twin-35mm cannon and one command and control tracked vehicle with radar. The Aselsan's Self-Propelled Air Defense Gun System (SPADGS) is newly designed and developed for effective ground based air defense against modern air threats.
The 35mm cannon vehicle is based on the new FNSS ACV30 tracked vehicle derived from the highly successful ACV-15 and ACV19 tracked chassis. The vehicle is equipped with an unmanned turret which is armed two 35mm automatic cannons from the Company MKEK. The crew includes gunner, commander and driver who are seated in the chassis of the vehicle.
The 35 mm cannons have a rate of fire of 1,100 rounds, per barrel, per minute. A 3D fire control radar is mounted on the rear top of the turret with a thermal imager and a day TV camera at the right side.
The Command and control vehicle uses the same chassis ACV30 but is equipped with a turret including 3D search radar for tracking and acquisition of targets to a maximum range of 70 km. The links between cannon vehicles and the command and control vehicle are provided by a VHF wide-band radio.
The FNSS ACV30 tracked vehicle has a greater suspension capacity and improved power pack performance offering significant more power capacity able to carry significant higher payloads which include weapon stations mounting 105mm guns or heavy air defense system.
ACV30 platform chassis is provided with a unique, space laminated armour system combining steel and aluminium technology for a protection against firing of small arms (STANAG 4569 Level 4) and mine blast (STANAG 4569 Level 2). The ACV 30 can run at a maximum road speed of 65 km/hr with a cruising range of 500 km.
The vehicle is fully amphibious and propelled in the water by two water jets mounted at the rear of the chassis at a maximum speed of 6 km/h.
Command post and Radar vehicle of the Turkish-made Korkut air defense system
Serial Production of KORKUT Begins
Aselsan and FNSS Collaborate on New Self-Propelled Air Defence System
I didn't realize it was amphibious! That's impressive...............
Work on the serial production phase of Turkey’s Self-Propelled Lao Altitude Air Defence Gun System (KORKUT) has begun; an agreement was inked in May 2016 by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and Aselsan who, as prime contractor, signed a subcontract with FNSS on 2 December for delivery of the tracked platforms.
Both Weapon System (WSV) and Command and Control (C2) Vehicles (C2V) of the KORKUT system are based on the ACV-30 chassis, developed by FNSS for C2 and radar applications for gunfire support, artillery and air defence systems. ACV-30 is also used in the HISAR-A Low Altitude Air Defence Missile System. Its most remarkable feature – amphibious capability – sets KORKUT apart from other currently available medium calibre air defence gun systems.
The C2V mounts a 3D search radar that assigns threats to the WSV to be engaged by the twin 35mm cannon using fragmentation ammunition. One C2V and two WSVs were built by Aselsan and FNSS subsequent to their development agreement in June 2011 and final acceptance tests were concluded in October 2016.
The series production programme will deliver completed vehicles in the ratio of one C2V to three WSVs and FNSS plans to deliver the initial batch of ACV-30s to Aselsan in May 2018.
KORKUT will be the second air defence system for the Turkish Armed Forces to have been indigenously developed, the first being the PEDESTAL MOUNTED STINGER system.
Yea ... Turkey means business in building their arms industry. They say the twin-gun is also fully stabilized, something a bit unusual as well for a land-based air defence gun system. Shoot-on-the-move capability at least in the works?
I'm pretty impressed with the fact most/all of their , FNSS that is, armour is amphibious whether wheeled or tracked.........
VIIDEO of the KORKUT in action....................and yes. it can fire on the move!
And yes - the enemy flies F/A-18's
Originally Posted by buglerbilly
LIMA 2017: Starstreak penetrates Southeast Asia
27th March 2017 - 9:26
by Gordon Arthur in Langkawi
Thales is in the delivery phase for its Starstreak very short-range air defence missile system to the Malaysian Armed Forces.
The company is working with Malaysian partner Global Komited. Training for the first batch of Malaysian personnel concluded in late 2015, and all missiles should be delivered next year.
Malaysia is acquiring the Lightweight Multiple Launcher – Next Generation (LML-NG), which features three ready-to-launch missiles. Malaysia's Rapid Rover configuration is mounted on the rear of a Global Komited GK-M1 4x4 light utility vehicle.
Malaysia conducted its first live firing of Starstreak in March 2016, thus achieving an initial capability with the system.
The Malaysian order placed in 2015 is worth approximately $130 million, although the number of missiles has not been revealed. However, Shephard understands that 44 GK-M1 Rapid Ranger vehicles have been ordered for both the army and air force.
Having placed its order a year earlier than Malaysia in 2014, Indonesia is also in the process of receiving missile deliveries but for five batteries as part of its Force Shield system. It has both Rapid Ranger (mounted on URO Vamtec ST5 4x4 vehicles) and Rapid Rover (on Land Rover Defenders) configurations.
The Rapid Ranger package is more suited for mobile warfare, as the vehicle-mounted system can accompany mechanised forces and has greater automation. The system also features transportable Control Master 200 (CM200) radars and Control View command-and-control workstations.
Thailand was the lead Starstreak customer in Southeast Asia, with an initial order in 2012 and a second in 2015 for the Royal Thai Army. Its launchers are mounted on Thai-built 4x4 light utility vehicles. First Starstreak deliveries of this second order have already occurred.
A Thales spokesman also highlighted the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) as a suitable adjunct to the Starstreak for regional users. The LMM is designed for surface attack and can be fired from helicopters, UAVs, ground platforms and naval vessels.
Indeed, it can be fired from the same LML-NG launcher as Starstreak, meaning that militaries could consider mixed missile loads. A Thales representative said the LMM can do 90% of the air defence role, so its flexibility is key.
The LMM has fragmentation and armour-piercing warheads, as well as standoff and impact fuses.
The LMM is due to enter British Army service next year, while the Royal Navy will use it on Leonardo AW159 Wildcat helicopters. With both South Korea's and Philippine's navies buying AW159s too, this could be a future option for them.
For the naval launcher version of the LMM, Thales has established a joint venture with Aselsan. Indeed, the Turkish firm displayed its LMM Missile Launching System (MLS) at LIMA 2017.
Aselsan described the MLS, which can mount either four or eight missiles, as being suitable for fast interceptor craft. This laser-beam riding missile has an 8km range and is suitable for self-protection tasks.
With the Royal Malaysian Navy inducting new vessels such as the Chinese-designed Littoral Mission Ship, and yet to fully arm its 1,850t Kedah-class offshore patrol vessels, Thales and Aselsan are surely eyeing these as potential platforms for the MLS as well.
However, marketing of the LMM and MLS is still at an early stage in the Asia-Pacific region.