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Michael Perry: General Atomics Explores Unmanned Aircraft, Laser Tech Integration

Michael Perry: General Atomics Explores Unmanned Aircraft, Laser Tech Integration - top government contractors - best government contracting event

droneA General Atomics subsidiary has launched a project to equip a company-built military unmanned aerial system with a high-energy laser technology, Defense One reported Wednesday.

Defense One quoted Michael Perry, vice president of mission systems at General Atomics’ aeronautical systems unit, as saying the business is developing a laser module for the Avenger drone through the privately funded project.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems wants its solid-state laser to generate up to 150 kilowatts of energy, the publication reports.

GA-ASI also designed a technology to power UAV lasers as well as built a ground control infrastructure for laser-equipped unmanned aircraft, the report said.

Perry added he believes drone laser technology could also serve as a tool in close air support, aircraft defense and countermeasure operations.

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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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