Military laser weapon research aims at defending U.S. Navy ships at sea

By John Keller

ARLINGTON, Va.–U.S. Navy researchers are asking two U.S. defense contractors to develop military laser prototypes of a future laser weapon of megawatt power to defend warships at sea from advanced cruise missiles, swarms of small attack boats, electromagnetic railguns, and other future maritime threats.

Scientists in the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are awarding research contracts to the Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems segment in Tewksbury, Mass., and to the Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in West Hills, Calif., to develop 100-kilowatt military laser weapon prototypes that create scalable designs eventually able to move up to megawatt-class military laser weapons.

ONR is awarding a $6.9 million contract each to Raytheon and Boeing. Under the contracts, engineers at both companies will design 100-kilowatt free electronic laser prototypes. The systems will demonstrate how to scale up the laser physics and engineering eventually to megawatt-class laser weapons able to defend surface ships against hyper-velocity cruise missiles and other advanced maritime threats.

Raytheon and Boeing scientists will begin work from existing 10-kilowatt 1.6-micron near-infrared weapons-class free electron lasers that operate in the 1.6 micron wavelength, potentially with IR viewer technology. Engineers at Raytheon and Boeing will develop portable 100-kilowatt laser weapons for installation on a barge for testing and to collect data on maritime atmospheric propagation and killing power in the open ocean.

The idea, ultimately, is to develop both the technology and know-how necessary to build megawatt-power free electron laser weapons capable of providing ultra-precise, speed-of-light capability and unlimited magazine depth for ship defense.

“This contract award is significant because it will be a cornerstone of the Navy’s plan to incorporate directed energy systems into its future all-electric ship architecture,” says Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems.

For additional information, visit the Office of Naval Research online at www.onr.navy.mil, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems at www.raytheon.com, or Boeing Directed Energy Systems at www.boeing.com.


Get All the Military Aerospace Electronics News Delivered to Your Inbox or Your Mailbox

Subscribe to Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:


  • C4ISR
  • Cyber Security
  • Embedded Computing
  • Unmanned Vehicles


Get All the Military Aerospace Electronics News Delivered to Your Inbox or Your Mailbox

Subscribe to Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine or email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest information on:


  • C4ISR
  • Cyber Security
  • Embedded Computing
  • Unmanned Vehicles

Military & Aerospace Photos

Most Popular Articles

Related Products

NVIS Gooseneck Map Light

NVIS MIL-STD-3009 White Gooseneck Map Light. 0 to 100% brightness control. Tactile feedback and ...

Optical Switches

Multiport (N x M) Optical Switches from large core, multimode and Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) for...

NVIS White Utility Light

Blue Wolf’s NVIS MIL-STD-3009 Utility Lights is specifically designed for easy handling and spot ...

XCalibur5090 | Dual Virtex-7 Based Digital Signal Processing 6U LRM FPGA with Quad 2500 MSPS DAC and 3200 MSPS ADC

The XCalibur5090 is a high-performance, reconfigurable, conduction-cooled 6U LRM module based on ...

Round Dome Light - NVIS

Blue Wolf’s NVIS MIL-STD-3009 Dome light is designed for cabin illumination or cargo areas. It ha...

NVIS White Post Light Cap Insert

Blue Wolf’s MIL-STD-3009 Post Light cap inserts are specifically designed for illuminating instru...

XPedite7574 | 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Broadwell-H Processor-Based Conduction- or Air-Cooled 3U VPX-REDI Module

The XPedite7574 is a high-performance, 3U VPX-REDI, single board computer based on the 5th genera...

Dual Mode NVIS 4 Inch Pod Light

Blue Wolf’s new DUAL Mode NVIS 4 inch pod lights is fully rotatable thru 320 degrees, can be fixe...

XCalibur1645 | Freescale Eight-Core P4080 Processor-Based Conduction-Cooled 6U VPX Module

The XCalibur1645 is a high-performance, 6U VPX, single board computer supporting Freescale QorIQ ...

EP121CL-LO

Widely used for applications in the aerospace, electronic and OEM industries, Master Bond EP121CL...

Related Companies

Blue Wolf

Blue Wolf has been designing Night Vision (NVIS) LED lighting products for Government and Commercial vehicles since 2...

Fibersense & Signals Inc

Develops and manufactures fiberoptic, optoelectronic, photonic and laser-related products for aerospace command and c...

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

About Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions (CWDS) is a long established techno...

ISVI Corp

ISVI designs, produces and sells machine-vision camera systems combining high-speed and high-resolution sensors with ...

Opco Lab

For over 25 years, OPCO has been renowned for delivering on time and on budget quality optical components, thin film ...

Premier Polymers

Provides seamless epoxy flooring and industrial resinous coatings

CORWIL Technology Corp

CORWIL Technology, the premier US based, IC assembly and test services subcontractor, offering full back-end assembly...

Master Bond

For over 35 years, Master Bond has been supplying aerospace and defense manufacturers with custom formulated compound...

Delphi Automotive PLC

Delphi provides military, aerospace and commercial connector products.

United Electronic Industries Inc

UEI is a leader in the PC/Ethernet data acquisition and control, Data Logger/Recorder and Programmable Automation Con...

Webcasts

Harsh Environment Protection for Advanced Electronics and Components

This webinar will offer an opportunity to learn more about ultra-thin Parylene conformal coatings – how they are applied, applications they protect today, and the properties and benefits they offer, includin...

New Design Tools That Help You Develop Radar That Sees the Un-seeable and Detects the Undetectable

Xilinx EW/ISR System Architect, Luke Miller, has new tricks and he’s going to tell you all about them in a new Xilinx Webinar—for free. His Webinar will cover new ways to implement Radar functions including ...
Sponsored by:

Press Releases

CURTISS-WRIGHT AWARDED CONTRACT BY SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to supply its small form factor ...

Innovative Integration Announces the FMC-Servo

Camarillo, CA June 19, 2015, Innovative Integration, a trusted supplier of signal processing and data acquisition hardware and software solutions, today announced the FMC-S...

METADATA SUPPORT ENHANCES INDUSTRY-LEADING HD VIDEO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FROM CURTISS-WRIGHT

Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has further enhanced its innovative VRD1 high definition (HD) video management system (VMS) w...

All Access Sponsors


Mil & Aero Magazine

August 2015
Volume 26, Issue 8
file

Download Our Apps



iPhone

iPad

Android

Follow Us On...



Newsletters

Military & Aerospace Electronics

Weekly newsletter covering technical content, breaking news and product information
SUBSCRIBE

Cyber Security

Monthly newsletter covering cyber warfare, cyber security, information warfare, and information security technologies, products, contracts, and procurement opportunities
SUBSCRIBE

Defense Executive

Monthly newsletter covering business news and strategic insights for executive managers
SUBSCRIBE

Electronic Warfare

Quarterly newsletter covering technologies and applications in electronic warfare, cyber warfare, optical warfare, and spectrum warfare.
SUBSCRIBE

Embedded Computing Report

Monthly newsletter covering news on embedded computing in aerospace, defense and industrial-rugged applications
SUBSCRIBE

Unmanned Vehicles

Monthly newsletter covering news updates for designers of unmanned vehicles
SUBSCRIBE