The Army is working on new war lasers, and just got a fresh shipment to help with research and development. Merchants of doom, Northrop Grumman, delivered its new All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator (ASALTT) to the U.S. Army.
They were brought to the U.S. Army’s Information and Intelligence Warfare Directorate (I2WD) Seeker Effects Laboratory, at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. They will be used to develop techniques for advanced missile seeker countermeasures—which could help aircraft throw seeker missiles off their tails.
According to Northrop Grumman, the ASALTT is “an opto-mechanical and environmentally stable laser designed to take advantage of the most advanced laser technologies from government, industry and academia available today to defeat enemy threats.” The Army has a contract for the system to help with research and development at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of the Laser Systems business unit at Northrop Grumman said in a press release “Ultimately, it is the warfighter who benefits from the development of advanced seeker countermeasure techniques.”
The ASALTT system comes packed with all the latest laser technology, for “not only missile defeat, but also many other critical missions for the warfighter,” according to the press release. The system also has adjustable wavelengths and power controls that can “maximize the system’s effectiveness and the platform’s survivability.”
*Image: A U.S. Air Force AC-130U “Spooky” gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron jettisons flares over an area near Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 20, 2008. The flares are a countermeasure for heat-seeking missiles that may be launched at the aircraft during real world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)