Boeing’s Directed Energy Systems division has just signed an agreement with BAE Systems to develop the Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System for defense of U.S. Navy ships. BAE Systems was awarded the contract from the Navy in March while Boeing is a subcontractor to the firm for this project.
“Combining BAE’s Engineering expertise with the proven directed-energy proficiency of Boeing’s DES division creates a team uniquely qualified to integrate directed-energy technology into the Navy’s shipboard armaments,” said Michael Rinn, Boeing’s DES vice president.
For the past two years, BAE Systems and Boeing have worked together to develop this weapon. The Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System provides the ability to deliver different levels of laser energy, depending on the targets and mission objectives.