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  1. 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.

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    Mon, 1 Jun 2009

  2. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to develop high-power laser technology for future military laser weapons

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 8 July 2010. U.S. military laser weapons researchers are asking two major U.S. defense contractors to develop electrically driven high-power laser technology for future generations of laser weapon systems. The contracts call for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to capitalize on high ...

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    Wed, 7 Jul 2010

  3. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to develop high-power laser technology for future military laser weapons

    Military laser weapons researchers are asking two major U.S. defense contractors to develop electrically driven high-power laser technology for future generations of laser weapon systems.

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    Wed, 1 Sep 2010

  4. Military laser systems from Northrop Grumman to protect Navy helicopters from shoulder-fired missiles

    The Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems segment in Rolling Meadows, Ill., will provide the U.S. Navy with military laser systems.

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    Fri, 1 Oct 2010

  1. Military laser systems from Northrop Grumman to protect Navy helicopters from shoulder-fired missiles

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    Wed, 11 Aug 2010

  2. RPMC offers mil spec military laser for lidar, laser designator, and other harsh environment uses

    O'FALLON, Mo., 6 May 2009. RPMC Lasers Inc. in O'Fallon, Mo., is introducing mil spec diode pumped lasers for lidar, laser radar, laser designator, and other harsh environment military laser applications.

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    Wed, 6 May 2009

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

    ARLINGTON, Va., 24 April 2009. 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, and other future maritime threats.

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    Fri, 24 Apr 2009

  4. Military laser bar packs 300 watts into 300-gram package

    DILAS in Mainz, Germany, developed a fiber-coupled laser diode module that meets a critical military-application goal: less than 1 kilogram of weight per kilowatt of power while maintaining nearly 50 percent efficiency.

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    Sat, 1 Jun 2013

  5. Princeton Lightwave to develop military laser radar target imaging in DARPA LRT contract

    ARLINGTON, Va., 9 April 2013. Electro-optical sensor experts at Princeton Lightwave Inc. in Cranbury, N.J., will develop laser detector array and laser transmitter technologies for multiple-modality, diverse-waveform laser radar (ladar) systems under terms of a $3.1 million contract awarded last ...

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    Tue, 9 Apr 2013

  6. Military laser rangefinder supplied to Army from $599 million contract to Northrop Grumman

    APOPKA, Fla., 5 Oct. 2009. The Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems segment in Apopka, Fla., will supply the U.S. Army with Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinders (LLDR) under terms of a $599 million contract announced today.

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    Mon, 5 Oct 2009

  7. Boeing military laser experts develop security sensor to detect cameras, scopes, and other optical threats

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., 26 Nov. 2010. The Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in Albuquerque, N.M., is introducing the Surveillance Detection System (SDS) that identifies when forces are being monitored or targeted by cameras, binoculars, sniper scopes, or other optical means. The Boeing SDS ...

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    Fri, 26 Nov 2010

  8. Navy shipboard laser weapon kills boats and UAVs during three-month at-sea tests in Persian Gulf

    ARLINGTON, Va., 10 Dec. 2014. U.S. Navy researchers have completed three months of at-sea testing of a shipboard high-energy laser weapon that could bring deck-mounted machine gun-like defensive capability to U.S. and allied surface warships at a fraction of the cost.

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    Wed, 10 Dec 2014

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