The Office of Naval Research and Naval Sea Systems Command is asking contracting firms to develop prototypes for lethal laser weapons.
Both entities said in a FedBizOpps notice that they will hold an industry day May 16 at the Navy Yard Auditorium in Washington to present its solid state laser technology maturation program.
The Navy hopes to jump start the development and demonstration of ship-based, high-energy SSL weapon systems and wants to introduce them within the next few years.
The systems would be used to fill voids in both area and close-in-self-defense, combat identification and applications for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
According to the notice, the Navy also wants additional subsystems or new technological advances pertaining to the SSL program.
Boeing and SAIC recently won a 15-month follow-on contract from the Army to continue developing a prototype optic system for laser weapons.