Laser Weapons to Help Defend Tactical Aircraft

Officials of the Laser Division of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., announced a $26.3 million contract to Lockheed Martin Aculight in Bothell, Wash., for the Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) project.

Conceptual Drawing of Laser Weapon Onboard a Tactical Aircraft

October 23, 2017 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics,, 27 September 2017

Laser weapons experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are helping the U.S. Air Force develop a compact, ruggedized, high-power laser to defend tactical aircraft flying at or above the speed of sound from enemy aircraft and missiles. The program entitled Laser Advancements for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) seeks to explore ways of reducing risk for laser weapons on aircraft. Lockheed Martin Aculight experts will help advance the state-of-the-art in laser technologies, demonstrate performance, and assess the operational utility of a laser weapon small enough to fit on tactical aircraft like jet fighters.