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General Atomics’ High-Energy Laser Tech Undergoes Beam Quality Tests

General Atomics' High-Energy Laser Tech Undergoes Beam Quality Tests - top government contractors - best government contracting event

General AtomicsAn independent measurement organization has tested the beam quality and power of a General Atomics-built tactical laser system for the Defense Department.

General Atomics’ aeronautical systems group designed the Gen 3 High-Energy Laser System to integrate with aerial, ground and naval platforms, the company said Wednesday.

Testers used a government diagnostic system from DoD’s Joint Technology Office to evaluate the laser technology.

JTO official Jack Slater said Gen 3’s beam quality scored the highest among all the high-energy lasers that have been put through GDS, noting that it “remained constant with increasing output power and run time.”

According to General Atomics, the Gen 3 HEL platform is built with a compact lithium-ion battery and designed to blast out at least 50 kilowatts of energy.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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