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Navy Continues Search for First Laser Weapon System

Navy Continues Search for First Laser Weapon System - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Navy Continues Search for First Laser Weapon System - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe Office of Naval Research announced Aug. 14 that they will continue to accept bids for a laser prototype for U.S. Navy ships.

The ONR has a number of programs geared toward developing the first deployable laser weapon, and one of them, the Maritime Laser Demonstration program, developed a concept technology that was tested at sea in 2011.

Just earlier this month, the Naval Sea Systems Command housed laser weapon tests in an attempt to aid future development of a laser weapon.

From the number of programs and laser tests, it is clear that the Navy hopes to be the first of the armed forces to deploy cost-effective, high-energy laser weapons.

The recent announcement concerns the Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation program.

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder said that the Navy is attempting to find a laser that is able to combat unmanned aerial vehicles and small boat threats.

The Navy wants investment in the program from contractors on many levels, from subcomponents to system design.

 

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Written by David J. Barton

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