The program HELLADS, supervised by the agency DARPA, is to create a 150-kilowatt laser weapon system, which will be ten times smaller and lighter than existing laser of the same capacity, and can be integrated into tactical aircraft for defense and attack ground targets. Aiming to get a device with a specific gravity of less than five pounds per kilowatt of power, and volume of three cubic meters, HELLADS can be integrated into the aircraft, significantly expanding the radius of defeat compared with terrestrial systems.
As part of the laboratory tests were a key element of the system – the laser module, which has demonstrated the ability to generate a high power beam to a much lighter and more compact system. Now the program is in the second phase of development, are working to create a second module, which will be combined with the first, and generate 150 kilowatts of power.
System HELLADS on expectations of developers will have a mass of 750 kg.
In addition to this program, DARPA is developing another project – ADHELS, which aims to explore new microwave laser architectures that will create a new generation of compact high-efficiency and high-power laser systems. This architecture complements existing programs megawatt chemical laser airborne and mnogosot-kilowatt solid ground-based lasers, allowing you to create a system with extremely low size, weight and energy losses.
Solid-state lasers are candidates for the program of integration of laser systems with cars Humvvee in 2013-2015, which will allow them to protect the car from the rockets, artillery and howitzer shells.