Cybersecdn- In a remarkable advancement in defense technology, the U.S. Navy has recently incorporated HELIOS, a high-energy tactical laser weapon system, into its arsenal. Developed by Lockheed Martin, HELIOS (High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance) represents a significant leap in military capabilities, akin to science fiction becoming reality.
HELIOS distinguishes itself by utilizing spectral beam combined fiber lasers, offering superior beam quality compared to traditional lasers. This 60+ kW-class high-energy laser system not only provides a powerful offensive weapon but also integrates optical dazzler and surveillance capabilities. Its deployment on the USS Preble, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, marks a substantial enhancement in the U.S. naval fleet’s strategic capabilities.
The addition of HELIOS to the Navy’s weaponry follows the previous development of the AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS, which underwent field testing on USS Ponce. Lockheed Martin’s four-year endeavor to develop HELIOS has culminated in a practical ‘death ray’ tactical laser weapon, transforming modern warfare’s landscape.
The integration of HELIOS into the U.S. Navy signals a new era in defense technology. It not only bolsters the Navy’s defensive and offensive capabilities but also sets a global benchmark for future high-energy laser weapons in naval fleets. This development is a testament to human innovation and the evolving nature of strategic warfare in the 21st century.