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    Lockheed Martin successfully tested a laser weapon system known as ATHENA to disable a truck from more than a mile away.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Lockheed Martin successfully tested a laser weapon system known as ATHENA to disable a truck from more than a mile away, the US defense contractor said in a statement.

    “Lockheed Martin’s 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test, demonstrating the rapidly evolving precision capability to protect military forces and critical infrastructure,” the statement, issued on Tuesday, said.

    The ATHENA ground-based prototype laser burned through the truck’s engine in seconds from a distance of more than one mile (1.6 km).

    Lockheed Martin explained that the demonstration marked the first field testing of laser weapon system prototype.

    “Through a technique called spectral beam combining, multiple fiber laser modules form a single, powerful, high-quality beam that provides greater efficiency and lethality than multiple individual 10-kilowatt lasers used in other systems,” the statement said.

    Lockheed Martin is investing in the development of high-powered fiber-optic laser weapon systems to provide to US aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks, the statement added.



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