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High-power laser development for laser weapons
Author(s): K. Ludewigt; A. Liem; U. Stuhr; M. Jung
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Paper Abstract

High power laser weapons have made impressive technical progress and have demonstrated their capabilities in shooting down numerous targets in live demos. National demonstrator systems on military platforms are now in preparation, for instance the integration of a 20 kW laser effector on a maritime platform. The core component of a laser weapon system is the militarized high energy laser (HEL). In this contribution the development of a 20 kW HEL for defence application will be presented. The laser concept is based on robust, compact and efficient high-power single-mode fiber laser modules. Power scaling to 20 kW is achieved with spectral beam combining. System architecture and laser data will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11162, High Power Lasers: Technology and Systems, Platforms, Effects III, 1116207 (7 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2538460
Show Author Affiliations
K. Ludewigt, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
A. Liem, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
U. Stuhr, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)
M. Jung, Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11162:
High Power Lasers: Technology and Systems, Platforms, Effects III
Harro Ackermann; Willy L. Bohn; David H. Titterton, Editor(s)

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