Lockheed Martin‘s Aculight business stands to receive a $23.8 million contract to develop a laser system for the U.S. Army to use against adversarial unmanned aerial vehicles and weapons, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Wednesday.
John Keller writes Bothell, Wash.-based Aculight will aim to build on the military’s existing Robust Electric Laser Initiative technologies and engineer a 60-kilowatt fiber laser for defending against UAVs, rockets, artilleries and mortars.
Aculight experts will work to integrate the RELI laser into the Army-Boeing High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator technology, aiming to increase the weapon’s power from 25 kilowatts to 60 kilowatts.
The sole-source contract from Huntsville, Ala.-based Army Space and Missile Defense Command would be for up to three years, Keller reports.
Keller writes Raytheon and Boeing are also participating in the RELI program, managed by the Army and Air Force.
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