facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Northrop tapped for laser development

May 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM   |   Comments

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has been picked by the U.S. Navy in the first development phase of a prototype laser weapon system.

The value of the contract under the Solid State Laser Technology Maturation program of the Office of Naval Research was not disclosed, nor was the length of the contract.

The Solid State Laser Technology Maturation Program's aim is to develop mature solid-state, high-power laser weapon systems and components for ship defense and open the door for their eventual integration into ship defense systems.

"Lasers provide the Navy a more affordable means of defending ships in harm's way," said Steve Hixson, vice president, directed energy, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will complete a conceptual design for a complete laser weapon system to be integrated onto a destroyer or other suitable surface ship.

"In 2011, Northrop Grumman worked with ONR to demonstrate the first high-energy laser at sea in the Maritime Laser Demonstration. This proved the basic physics and demonstrated that the core technologies were where they needed to be. ONR's selection of Northrop Grumman for this next step will enable us to help the Navy mature the weapon system for use by sailors in the real world."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New F-35 sustainment system undergoing flight testing New F-35 sustainment system undergoing flight testing
2
New Navy sub ready for outfitting, testing New Navy sub ready for outfitting, testing
3
Scrap South Stream, Europe says Scrap South Stream, Europe says
4
Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant Apple to authorities: No iPhone user data, even with a warrant
5
United Launch Alliance joins Blue Origin in rocket engine development United Launch Alliance joins Blue Origin in rocket engine development
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback