For the first time, MBDA Deutschland is presenting a new, flexibly deployable laser effector at the ILA Berlin Air Show (1-4 June 2016; Berlin ExpoCenter Airport).
The effector can be integrated onto both marine and land-based platforms via standardized interfaces. The new weapon system is especially suitable for defense against highly agile targets such as UAVs, rockets and mortar shells.
Among other advantages, this laser effector features a 360-degree beam guidance system. Thanks to its novel optics, the system can acquire the target in a 360-degree operational arc, track it and then destroy it reliably and precisely using the weapon’s powerful laser beam. Modern tracking systems ensure a stable holding point on the target, and thus rapid target engagement. Short engagement times also make this effector capable of defending against swarming attacks such as UAVs attacking from different directions.
MBDA Deutschland’s solution features high accuracy, scalability of effect and minimized logistics costs. The system’s sophisticated mirror optics are capable of harnessing higher laser power levels than those currently available today. This laser effector therefore has enormous future potential.
“In recent years, MBDA Deutschland has invested a significant amount of its own resources into the development of laser technologies,” stated Peter Heilmeier, MBDA Deutschland’s Head of Sales and Business Development.
“We have achieved substantial results – also when compared to other international efforts. Laser weapons have the potential for being deployed wherever an immediate danger needs to be combated at very close range: for instance the protection of military camps, checkpoints and convoys. In the naval sector, laser effector systems could feature in both on board ship and port protection. MBDA’s new laser effector is a further important step towards an operationally deployable system,” he added.
MBDA Deutschland has been working on laser effectors for several years. The company has successfully tested laser effectors in multiple trials against airborne targets such as shells and UAVs as well as other targets.
MBDA Deutschland is a leader in the development and production of air defense and guided-missile systems for the German Army, Navy and Air Force. The company possesses production and management experience from over 50 years of industrial participation in national and international air defense and guided missile programs. These include the ground-based MEADS tactical air defense system, the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for naval deployment, the Meteor and TAURUS missiles, developed in European cooperation, for airborne forces, and the MILAN and the PARS 3 LR helicopter armament for ground forces.
MBDA Deutschland is part of the European MBDA Group. MBDA Deutschland’s activities are concentrated at its Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau locations. MBDA is a joint undertaking of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%).