Lockheed Martin Developing Technology to Intercept Missile Threats with Directed Energy

Company Reducing Risk on Laser Beam Control Concept Demonstrator Designed to Fly on an Airborne Platform and Destroy Missiles during the Boost Phase

Issue 78 - November 2017

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced on Oct. 5.

“Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstration period,” said Ms.Sarah Reeves, director in Strategic and Missile Defense programs at Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin has committed millions of dollars to directed energy research and development, laying the groundwork for the laser technology that brings us much closer to an operational system capable of intercepting a missile in its boost phase.”