US aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin has announced the development of a new portable directed-energy (laser) pod, capable of defeating and downing enemy surface-to-surface and air-to-air missiles.
In the video, the pod, named “Tactical Airborne Laser Weapon System” (TALWS) is seen mounted on F-16 jets under the fuselage, cooperating and coordinating with an up-gunned Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueler equipped with advanced tactical sensors able to passively detect, identify and track threats.
“Laser weapon systems offer aircrews an unprecedented capability to protect themselves and other assets, and increase overall combat effectiveness,” the company said. “Lockheed Martin is bringing this capability to the warfighters sooner, rather than later,” it added, pointing to the development of the system.
According to the experts, some parts of the animation were already included in another video that was released last month, but this time the whole clip was shown, revealing the TALWS.
However, this is not the first time Lockheed Martin has released a video showing a defensive laser system. In a video released earlier, LM showed similar protective pods mounted under an F-16 centreline hardpoint and similarly under an AC-130 fuselage.