WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the U.S. Navy’s successful test of the Lockheed Martin Layered Laser Defense (LLD) system at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
“Having served on active duty at the Space and Missile Systems Center – which was involved with the Airborne Laser program – I know how practical innovative laser systems like the LLD are, and the incredible potential they present for the future of naval combat operations. I am pleased that the Navy’s test of the Lockheed Martin Layered Laser Defense system was successful. From destroying unmanned aerial systems, or drones, to tracking incoming threats, the LLD is a multi-functional system that can address numerous threats. In addition, laser weapons are often safer for ships and their crews as they run on electricity, allowing them to function as long as a ship has power. Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve been pushing for increased investment and research in directed energy defense technology, and am pleased to see the success of the LLD system that will make our nation stronger and more secure.”
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