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Directed Energy

New Age Threats Require

New Age Defenses

For 40 years, Lockheed Martin has researched, designed, developed, and captured electromagnetic energy and elevated its power to create innovative Directed Energy solutions. We have developed laser weapon systems, radio frequency and other directed energy technologies for air, ground and sea platforms to provide an affordable countermeasure alternative. We are addressing critical needs such as accuracy, mobility, size, weight and power (SWaP), cooling, and minimal collateral damage.

Spectrum Technologies

Laser Weapon Systems

Laser Weapons
Specializing in high energy laser weapon systems, Lockheed Martin has a broad range of expertise and experience with advanced beam control, fiber-based spectral beam combining, specialized sensors, and system integration, including a company-sponsored 30kW ALADIN/ATHENA system supplemented by current programs such as the DE RELI/HEL-MD program for the U.S. Army.

Electro-Optic / Infrared Countermeasures

Electro-Optic Infrared Countermeasures
Focused on providing the most advanced laser-based threat adaptable countermeasure devices to counter all types of surface-to-air and air-to-air EO/IR threats, leveraging over 30 years of EO/IRCM development and test experience.

Tunable Lasers

Tunable Lasers
Since 1993, Lockheed Martin has used its extensive laser expertise to focus on our customers’ most difficult challenges. Whether it’s increasing the visibility for helicopter pilots in brownout conditions or developing next generation high power lasers for Directed Energy, Lockheed Martin delivers innovative laser solutions for the defense, aerospace, industrial, and scientific markets. 

Employee Spotlight

Joe Sullivan
Laser Pod Systems Engineer

“Directed energy is basically throwing electro-optical physics at the target,” says Joe Sullivan, systems engineer working in directed energy at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida. “It’s a whole new world and getting in on the ground floor is about as exciting as it gets for an engineer.”

Joe started at Lockheed Martin as an analog electronics design engineer on the Canadian Forces Low Level Air Defense System program and is now a systems engineer developing control solutions for a laser pod development program. He is part of a team exploring and addressing the challenges of operating podded laser systems in a high-speed airborne environment.

He thoroughly enjoys the work he does and the company he works for and says, “I love to learn. I can’t think of a better place to learn than Lockheed Martin. I am a very fortunate engineer.”

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Lockheed Martin Advanced Technologies

Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence

There’s no doubt that on the battlefield and at home, autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) are rapidly becoming part of our daily human experience. We are building AI systems that will keep people in control while enabling them to be safer, and increase mission success in the toughest and most unpredictable of situations.



Going Mach 5, or over 60 miles per minute, creates a number of complex engineering and physics challenges which is why Lockheed Martin leverages expertise and technology from across the corporation to tackle these challenges with speed, agility and ingenuity. As one of the Department of Defense’s highest technical priorities, our scientists and engineers are developing game-changing hypersonic solutions.

Multi-Domain Operations

Multi-Domain Operations

For more than a decade, we’ve worked alongside the Department of Defense to develop systems, mature critical technologies, and explore concepts of operations that will enable Multi-Domain Operations. We’re focused on connecting systems by ensuring every element is a collector, a sharer and a learner to move decision-quality data faster than ever before, allowing our military forces to create multiple, simultaneous, complex problems at a speed our adversaries cannot match.