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Raytheon, Northrop Grumman to Build Laser Weapon Stryker Vehicles

U.S. weapons manufacturers Northrop Grumman and Raytheon awarded a contract to construct a 50 kilowatt class laser weapon system to…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at August 2, 2019 7:58 AM EDT Tags: , ,

U.S. weapons manufacturers Northrop Grumman and Raytheon awarded a contract to construct a 50 kilowatt class laser weapon system to integrate them onto the Stryker platform.

The U.S. Military is planning to obtain a modern air defense system designed to guard against a variety of warnings, such as small drones, helicopters, and missiles. It issued a contract award to speed up the fast prototyping and fielding of its first combat-capable laser weapon device.

This prototype will ship 50 kilowatt (kW)-class lasers on a platoon of four Stryker automobiles in the Fiscal Year 2022, supporting the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (M-SHORAD) program. The directed energy M-SHORAD functionality is meant to shield maneuvering Brigade Combat Groups from uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), rotary-wing plane, and rockets, artillery, and mortar.

High energy lasers engage at the pace of light and supply a solution to a continuously evolving threat area, while lowering the logistics trail related to conventional kinetic weapon programs. In May 2019, the Military permitted a brand new technique to speed up the rapid prototyping and fielding of various directed energy weapons to allow Military modernization.

As the first step in giving prototypes with residual combat capacities, the Military Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) has chosen two companies to construct the directed energy M-SHORAD mission prototypes in order to promote competition and stimulate the industrial base for focused energy capabilities. Those distributors, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon are subcontractors in the Other Transaction Authority (OTA) deal between the Military and Kord Technologies.

Under the OTA award action, issued on July 26 in the value of $203 million, Kord has coupled with Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to build the competing prototypes with assistance from General Dynamics Land Systems, which manufactures the Stryker, for integration task.