Fiber laser development for defense applications fall into two primary areas: spectrally broad, and spectrally narrow fiber lasers. The former are useful for tactical, close-range applications, and are used as single lasers, or as multiple lasers which are incoherently combined. The latter are being developed for long-range applications, and narrow linewidth is required for either coherent or spectral combining of multiple beams. In this paper, we discuss the recent advances in both types of fiber lasers. Article not available.

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