Significant Enhancement, Lower Cost
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) has developed a new generation of advanced fibre laser technology for airborne platform protection.
DSTG continues to research direct infra-red countermeasures (DIRCM) concepts aimed at protecting manned and unmanned aircraft from increasingly sophisticated infra-red guided missiles. The newly developed fibre laser systems will significantly improve capability – especially the stability of the laser in harsh conditions – and will result in lower manufacturing costs when the transition to series production is achieved, according to statements from the group last week.
Existing DIRCM solutions use bulk crystalline solid state lasers: the new fibre laser solutions offer higher average power than bulk crystalline lasers and higher peak power and better beam quality than diode lasers, as well as being less sensitive to vibration and mechanical deformation, making them cheaper and easier to manufacture and far easier to integrate.
DST is seeking industry partners to exploit the technology with a view to manufacture under licence.