Laser Weapon Systems

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) is transforming innovative concepts into breakthrough electric weapon systems and surveillance systems to support the future warfighting force.

High Energy Laser Weapon System


Compact Hemispherical Beam Director
Compact Hemispherical Beam Director

High Energy Laser (HEL) Weapon System

  • Scalable
    100 kW-class scalable to 300 kW-class and beyond HEL weapon system
  • Best-in-Class Design
    Distributed gain laser technology, HELLi-Ion battery systems, integrated thermal management, beam director, and precision acquisition, tracking and pointing software
  • Unmatched Technology
    Providing high-output power, beam quality, precision, performance
  • Compact Footprint
    Offers significant reductions in size, weight, and power consumption
  • Greater Configurability
    Compact footprint for stand-alone use and integration with mobile ground, sea and air-based platforms
High Energy Laser with Scalable Output
High Energy Laser with Scalable Output

The advanced solid state HEL weapon system provides proven laser technologies to enable the detection and defeat of an expanding range of targets, including unmanned vehicles, missile threats, ISR systems, rockets, artillery, and mortars. The HEL’s modular and scalable nature allows simple power scaling to increase the total laser output power. The system's large optical aperture and efficient cooling offers significant reductions in size, weight, and power consumption to suit air, land, and sea-based platforms.


Adaptive Optics

When a laser beam is propagated a long distance through the atmosphere, it becomes distorted. For high energy laser weapons, this reduces the effective kill range of the weapon. Backed with cutting edge advancements in Adaptive Optics technology, GA-EMS mitigates these distortions making the HEL a more effective end-to-end weapon system.

  • HEL beam quality enhancement and atmospheric turbulence mitigation
  • Beam control and tracking
  • Phased array beam control and distributed aperture tracking
  • Coherent imaging for target identification and characterization
  • Optical weather modeling and forecasting for HEL weapon tactical decision aids