Athena, Laser Weapon Of The Future Now Resides In The US Arsenal.
ATHENA, Advanced Test High Energy Asset, A laser that will change how America does War. During its last round of testing, it decommissioned 5 Drones with 11ft wings spans. It’s a ranged weapon that can take out vehicles from a mile away.
ATHENA is a killing Machine with unlimited ammo as long as power runs to it, it will incinerate all targets in its path. By all target, we mean all with its turret design it has a 360-degree kill zone.
ATHENA to be put simply is a heat focusing weapon. Through the use of lenses and mirrors, a beam is created and manipulated by either adding more power or positioning the lenses/mirrors. A compact Rolls Royce Turbo Generator powers the laser.
Lockheed Martin has been pioneering in laser weapon systems for more than four decades. ATHENA’s upgrades and remarkable recent performance of defeating 100 percent of the drones is the latest exciting news in their laser family.
ATHENA’s sibling, ADAM, is another laser. During testing a few years ago, ADAM proved it could destroy fast attack military grade boats by burning through their hulls in less than 30 seconds – again from about a mile away.
The company is further miniaturizing laser weapons for tactical U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps vehicles.
For Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin has worked on a prototype turret to mount laser weapons on aircraft.
In near term battles, the US military will have the option to unleash laser weapons on vehicles, vessels and possibly even aircraft. The precision of lasers like ATHENA is already remarkable.
As the technology continues to advance at a rapid pace in the U.S., lasers like ATHENA will be able to strike farther and farther away. And destroy bigger and bigger targets.