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'Most Innovative Defense Technology' 2008 Award Nominee

Firestrike Modular weaponized laser

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation introduced its new 'weapon-class' high power solid-state laser erlier in 2008. The new laser dubbed 'Firestrike' is designed as a ruggedized, line replaceable unit (LRU) for battlefield applications. Several Firestrike units can be stacked to reach power levels around 100kW, considered as baseline for weapon-class laser. Northrop Grumman believes that the new product will form the backbone of future laser weapon systems. (more...)

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We take Northrop Grumman's word for their product. Despite our scepticizm about the maturity of directed energy weapons, we believe that once this modular, scalable family of lasers establishes a credible, field-deployable direccted-energy weapon, with power sources and reliability that the warfighter can trust, the sky is the limit for more weaponized applications…

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