Northrop Grumman Delivers Miniaturized High-energy Laser Source to US Government
Northrop Grumman Delivers Miniaturized High-energy Laser Source to US Government

Northrop Grumman Delivers Miniaturized High-energy Laser Source to US Government

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered a miniaturized high-energy laser source to the U.S. government. The laser is ruggedized for field use and miniaturizing it allows for rapid placement in tactical situations. The 10kW class high-energy laser, known as Phantom, is about 12 cubic feet (nearly the size of a mini fridge). Weighing less than 200 pounds, it enables lift, carry and installation by as few as two personnel. The Phantom customer will integrate it with other subsystems for testing and delivery to military customers. Northrop Grumman develops high-energy laser solutions for warfighters to defend the United State at sea, on land and in the air.

Robert Fleming, vice president and general manager, strategic space systems, Northrop Grumman: “By miniaturizing this advanced capability, we are expanding the reach of our technology and continuing to lead the way in high-energy lasers. Northrop Grumman is using its expertise in directed energy to deliver an extremely compact, lightweight and efficient laser for the warfighter.”

Today’s military requires an integrated, layered approach to counter the threat of unmanned aerial systems. Northrop Grumman’s comprehensive directed energy defense solutions detect, track, target and destroy hostile targets before they can pose a threat. Northrop Grumman’s Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) architecture starts with sensing and tracking and includes a full complement of directed energy and kinetic effectors, coordinated by the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control system, which is operational today.

For more than 50 years Northrop Grumman technology continues to protect U.S. forces from a range of threats such as unmanned aerial systems, rockets, artillery and mortars, fast attack boats and missiles. Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American multinational aerospace and defense technology company. With 95,000 employees[3] and an annual revenue in excess of $30 billion, it is one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers.

Northrop Grumman Delivers Miniaturized High-energy Laser Source to US Government
Phantom system in transportation configuration, within ruggedised enclosure. (Photo by Northrop Grumman)

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