ONR Solicits Bids For Solid
ONR Solicits Bids For Solid-State Laser
Weapons For Ships
By Grace Jean, Office of Naval Research Public
Arlington, Virginia -- (NNS) -- 08/14/2012 -- The Office of Naval
Research (ONR) continues to seek industry proposals to develop an affordable
solid-state laser weapon prototype for Navy ships, part of a broad agency
announcement published Aug. 14.
"We are in the process of developing a laser weapon prototype for the naval
surface fleet to counter small unmanned aerial vehicles and small boat threats,"
said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder.
ONR hosted an industry day in May to provide the research and development
community with information about its Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM)
program. Managers incorporated feedback into the announcement, which solicits
industry's investment in the program on a number of levels, from subcomponents
to systems design.
"We're looking for an open systems solution to this warfighting capability
because we believe it's cost effective and can provide the best value to the
government," said Peter Morrison, ONR program officer.
The SSL-TM program builds upon ONR's directed-energy developments in
kilowatt-scale lasers. Among the programs, the Maritime Laser Demonstration
developed a proof-of-concept technology that was tested at sea in 2011 aboard a
decommissioned Navy ship. The demonstrator was able to disable a small boat
During the first week of August off the California coast the Naval Sea
Systems Command (NAVSEA), ONR and Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC)
sponsored a series of successful laser weapon concept development tests aboard a
U.S. Navy destroyer. The Navy intends to use the technical data collected from
this test to inform potential development of a Navy laser weapon system.
All of these efforts could help the Department of the Navy become the first
of the armed forces to deploy cost-effective, high-energy laser weapons.
For more information :
Watch the Maritime Laser Demonstration video on YouTube :
Read broad agency announcement 12-019 :
The Department of the Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides the
science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps'
technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and
technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of
higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400
people, comprising of uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with
additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.
The US Navy wants a more versatile free electron laser weapon to perform a
variety of security tasks, including target designation, tracking, and--of
course--target elimination. Raytheon Photo.
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