Lockheed Marin was awarded a 9-month contract of $25.5m on August 31 for developing its Low Power Laser Demonstrator missile interceptor concept. This program builds on a contract signed in 2017 for development of the initial LPLD project. This concept has a fiber laser system on an airborne platform of high-altitude. LPLD has been designed to engage missiles in their boost phase as it’s the best time prior to decoys and multiple warheads launch. This grant will allow Lockheed Martin to improve its LPLD concept and build a better version of it in order to provide support to full-fledged fabrication. Sarah Reeves said that the entire focus of Lockheed Martin at this point of time is on maturing beam control technology, which refers to the ability to provide stability to the laser beam and to be able to stay concentrated on operationally relevant ranges. She added that LPLD is one of the several breakthrough capabilities of the Missile Defense Agency in pursuit of staying ahead of threats that are evolving rapidly. For betterment of the concept, full energy and expertise of Lockheed Martin is being brought together, she stated.
Lockheed Martin expands on very advanced technology with the help of its platform integration, capabilities of beam control and laser device which ranges from investing in development of systems like ATHENA and internal research to programs like LANCE for the research wing and laboratory of the Air Force. Development of the LPLD will continue at the Sunnyvale, California campus of Lockheed Martin through July of 2019.
Lockheed Martin has proved itself to be one of world’s leaders when it comes to development of missile and air technologies and defense systems and systems integration. They deliver missile defense solutions of high quality to protect people, critical and important assets and forces deployed from present and future threats. The experience of the company spans missile production and design, directed development of energy systems, infrared seekers, hit-to-kill capabilities, control/battle and command management, and communications, tracking optics and precision pointing, signal and radar processing, and also threat-representation targets meant for missile defense tests.