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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Market Outlook on Advanced Directed Energy Technologies

Advancements in directed energy (DE) technology are critical to the support of the U.S National Defense strategy. As the Department of Defense looks to replace its present anti-missile weapons systems with laser-based systems, the need for directed energy technologies continues to grow.

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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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Optimizing SWaP of Laser Diodes for Defense Applications

The use of lasers for directed energy military applications allow for target engagements at “light speed” that can damage or destroy a target almost instantly upon target acquisition. Increasing the power while reducing the size and weight, collectively known as SWaP, is essential for these lasers to be used on a wide variety of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine or Coast Guard platforms.  The key to SWaP optimization is a highly efficient, low weight, and small-scale laser diode pump. Size and performance are important, as kilowatt and megawatt-class directed energy lasers require thousands of laser diode pumps, otherwise known as the “laser in the “laser.”

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Laser Design Considerations for Directed Energy Weapons

While the use of lasers for directed energy (DE) increases, diversity in requirements and technology continues to evolve. Current directed energy applications, such as those used to eliminate airborne drones, range from comparatively lower-powered, man-portable lasers of 10 kW of optical output power to extremely high-powered lasers with 1,000 kW power levels. These 1 MW lasers are designed to be mounted on high-altitude platforms to destroy boost phase intercontinental ballistic missiles, among other missions.

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Directed Energy Trade Show Trail: Find us at DE Summit, SPIE DCS, & DE2DC

As the use of lasers in a variety of markets continues to increase, we find ourselves on the road, meeting more and more innovative teams exploring the emerging laser markets for applications such as directed energy, automotive lidar, and direct diode heating

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Lasertel & U.S. Congress Explore Factors Enabling the Deployment of Directed Energy Lasers

Lasertel has been on the forefront of directed energy laser technology for quite some time. The team's involvement extends past manufacturing the technology, as Lasertel has also dedicated time promoting and discussing the advancements in the space with U.S. Congress. As a part of this, John Goings, Lasertel’s lead for directed energy lasers, visited Capitol Hill last month. During his visit, Goings met with 10 Committee Staff Members, including members of the DE Caucus, Senate Armed Services Committee, House Armed Services Committee, and the Military Legislative Advisers (MLA) in the following offices:

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Military Grade: Lasertel Product Reliability in Extreme Environments

In military applications, the reliability of a laser diode can be a literal matter of life-or-death. Functionality is critical regardless of setting. Laser diode modules that create first light within high-energy lasers, such as those used within advanced targeting systems and directed energy weapons, face particularly brutal requirements. The environment within such lasers is often more extreme than the exterior environment. For military-grade laser diodes, there are four primary environmental considerations:

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Advancements in Airborne Directed Energy Lasers

Directed energy lasers represent the next-generation capability in the defense of threats to our country and our allies. Solid-state and hybrid lasers are well suited for airborne and space-based directed energy systems. The core components inside these systems are the pump sources based on laser diodes. Performance from the Megawatts of power needed from the laser diode is the key technology to allowing directed energy laser systems to be deployed on the battlefield. 

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