Army wants industry ideas on how to defeat UAVs with missiles, lasers, or hunter-killer UAVs

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 13 July 2011. U.S. Army researchers are asking industry for information on building affordable technology to protect against tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles, rockets, artillery, and mortars in all weather. To do the job, Army researchers are looking for missiles, tactical laser weapons, or hunter-killer UAVs.

The Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued a request for information Tuesday (RFI W31P4Q-11-R-0204) for a market survey for an affordable counter-UAV interceptor missile, laser weapon, or hunter-killer UAV.

The RFI is called Counter Unmanned Aerial System Intercept - Market Survey To Support Army Project Manager Cruise Missile Defense Systems (CMDS). Army researchers are not issuing a formal solicitation, but gauge industry interest and available technology for future systems designed to counter UAVs, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery shells, and mortars.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is pursuing several tactical laser weapons programs aimed specifically at countering UAVs, artillery shells, rockets and missiles. These high-energy laser programs are developing tactical lasers stronger than 100 kilowatts.

Companies interested in responding to the RFI may submit several concepts. No foreign participation is allowed. Those interested should respond with white papers and technical briefing charts no later than 5 Aug. 2011 -- just three weeks away.

For questions or concerns, or to submit concepts, contact the Army's Lisa Duncan by phone at 256-842-7408, by e-mail at, or by post at ACC-RSA - (Missile), ATTN: AMSAM-AC, Building 5303, Martin Road, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. 35898-5280.

More information is online at

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