Leonardo DRS’ high-power, multi-color laser systems provide best-in-class performance for military applications. Based on our ground-breaking QCL technology, these high-power laser systems represent the ultimate choice for aircraft survivability equipment, providing the following enabling capabilities.
Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs) are portable missiles that can be fired from the ground to target aircraft. MANPAD systems, also referred to as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles—pose a serious threat to national security when in the hands of bad actors. Given the small size of these systems (about 4 to 6 feet long), MANPADs are easy to transport, hide, and use with an individual or small team of members. This makes the MANPADs an attractive weapon to criminals, terrorists and other bad actors. The U.S. Government has made this a priority to protect military and commercial aircraft from these threats with aircraft survivability technology.
Before the Daylight Solutions business unit of Leonardo DRS commercialized Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL-IR) technology for military applications such as Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM), systems were restricted to using lasers that were developed using dozens of individual components to generate individual “colors” required to defeat electro-optic threats. Such legacy lasers are large, bulky, heavy, and consume significant electrical power to operate. These laser limitations restricted DIRCM system deployment to only large aircraft that could afford to carry the weight and provide the necessary power. Further, these systems’ reliability has been very limited, necessitating significant ongoing operations and maintenance costs.
Leonardo DRS has developed QCL technology for both commercial and military applications. Our QCLs are comprised of commercial semiconductor technologies like those used in the microelectronics industry. As such, QCLs are very compact, millimeter-scale devices that can be easily integrated with conventional electronics and mechanical hardware, providing system designers with a wide degree of flexibility when optimizing applications.
Furthermore, our QCL innovations have enabled, for the first time, DIRCM systems to be deployed on lightweight rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, providing those soldiers and personnel with the protection necessary to defeat electro-optic threats. These innovations can be deployed by U.S. and allied militaries whose aircraft require electro-optic survivability equipment.
Solaris™ is a lightweight, high-power military ruggedized laser system for aircraft survivability applications. Solaris™ has been adopted as the laser source for Northrop Grumman’s Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) solution, their 5th generation infrared countermeasure (IRCM) technology for warfighter protection. Solaris™ provides fast, simultaneous breaklock jamming with high power in multiple colors to defeat current and future threats.
The Solaris™ laser assembly is designed using a modular, open system architecture. This enables system designers to integrate best-of-breed technical performance and rapidly field new capabilities to continuously defeat evolving threats.
Jupiter™ is a high performance, SWaP-optimized, ruggedized laser system for military aircraft survivability applications. Jupiter™ is an enhanced version of DRS Daylight’s Solaris™ laser, designed to handle extreme operating conditions by conforming to MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-704A-F. Jupiter™ provides responsive, autonomous break-lock jamming utilizing high power in multiple colors to defeat current and future threats.
The Jupiter™ laser design expands upon the modular, open system architecture (MOSA) of the Solaris™ laser. This enables system designers to quickly integrate drop-in replacement modules, ensuring Jupiter™ remains fully capable to handle not only current threats, but also defeat rapidly emerging threats.
The Series A family of laser system provides high power, multi-wavelength optical output that can be distributed to multiple output ports. Its integrated optical switch provides the ability to direct laser energy to any one of up to six (6) output ports. The laser system can be fiber-coupled to enable flexible distributions of its optical output. The military ruggedized laser system is ideally suited for aircraft survivability applications such as directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM).