What’s New in Directed Energy?

Today, the US Department of Defense’s directed energy program has achieved a significant milestone—fielding a directed energy laser into a ship’s weapons systems, authorized for use upon command. There is much progress to be made, but leaders in the field of directed energy are making great strides to overcome long-standing concerns around usability, scalability, and power requirements for viability.

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New Tech Bridge between US & UK Navies to Further Vision of Interchangeability

The U.S and UK navies have combined their efforts to achieve interchangeability between the two operations. The new tech bridge will help to ease and speed innovation, allowing both navies to better access technologies from academia as well as large and small companies. By synchronizing pioneering capabilities, strengthening operating concepts and focusing collective efforts to deliver a combined seapower, the move toward interchangeability will strengthen the advantage of these allies in defense related missions.

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First Live Launch Of BriteCloud 218 Decoy From Airbus Target Drone

BriteCloud 218, which is currently undergoing a trials program in the United States led by the US Air National Guard (ANG) to confirm its suitability for the F-16 combat aircraft, was just trialed successfully by the German Armed Forces as a protection capability for target drone aircraft, also known as remotely-piloted air target systems (RPATS). The trial proved the ability of Leonardo's flare-sized electronic device to outwit missiles equipped with Semi-Active Radar (SAR) seeker technology.

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DEPS Systems Symposium Re-cap – The Scaling and Industrialization of Directed Energy Pump Sources

At the recent DEPS Systems Symposium, Leonardo’s John Goings presented key advancements in directed energy pump sources. His presentation, titled “The Road to Power Scaling and Industrialization of Directed Energy Pump Sources,” reviewed the role of semiconductor laser diodes, the pumping source, in directed energy laser systems.

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Thermal Imaging Camera Applications & Technology Advancements

Thermal imaging technology has been in development since the early 1930’s and has seen widespread use since the beginning of World War II. Leonardo’s thermal imaging technology has continued to evolve since. In 2020, Leonardo offers a wide range of thermal imaging technologies for various applications across industries and the globe. Reducing cost and improving usability have been the major focuses among industry leaders in broadening capabilities. 

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Behind the Scenes of Leonardo Electronics’ US Laser Repair and Production Facility

Leonardo Electronics US facility in Huntsville, AL has long helped the US DoD strengthen its supply chain and support key programs. By locally servicing laser systems for critical platforms like the Apache, Leonardo can reduce out-of-service time by as much as six weeks. This bespoke, highly specialized skillset, allows the DoD and prime contractors to procure best-in-class technology, while meeting the unique requirements of the US DoD.

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Software Innovations in Airborne Systems

In support of the National Defense Strategy priorities, software engineering is increasingly important to continued innovation and long-term competition. While the nature of war has not changed, its character has, and future conflicts are increasingly transregional and cross land, sea, space and cyberspace.

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Directed Energy Lasers: A Systems View

Demand for directed energy weapons is growing rapidly, projected at a CAGR of 23.26% through 2025, to meet the Department of Defense’s need for accuracy and precision of non-lethal weapons to combat emerging threats such as UAVs. As threats broaden, so do needed platforms: man-portable, ground or naval-based air defense against aerial targets and long-range, short-range, and medium-range strategic missions.

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SAGE Electronic Intelligence (ESM/ELINT) Accredited by DoD for UAS Platform

After a 36-month collaboration with the US Department of Defense, Leonardo Electronics US SAGE ELINT system has been accredited as a trusted US payload platform on a significant UAV platform.

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Virtual Technical Conference to Cover Directed Energy, Lidar, Security and More

Beginning on Tuesday, April 28, Leonardo Electronics US will host a three-day virtual conference to discuss recent advancements in customizable laser diode sources and laser system product lines. Complete with technical webinars, question and answer sessions and 1:1 private briefings, registrants have the opportunity to discuss topics in rapidly changing industries such as directed energy, automotive lidar and security.

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