30 Oct '13, 9pm

Military News: Contracts Awarded to Develop Laser Pods that Shoot Down Missiles: The U.S. handed out two

Military News: Contracts Awarded to Develop Laser Pods that Shoot Down Missiles: The U.S. handed out two

The U.S. handed out two contracts Monday to Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin to develop laser pods that can be mounted on aircraft and shoot down missiles. Under Project Endurance, Northrop Grumman received a $14.6 million contract and Lockheed Martin received $11.4 million to develop laser weapons to protect manned and unmanned aircraft. Project Endurance was included in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) fiscal year 2014 budget. Endurance was born out of DARPA’s Excalibur program in which engineers have worked to “develop coherent optical phased array technologies to enable scalable laser weapons that are 10 times lighter and more compact than existing high-power chemical laser systems,” according to a DARPA release. Research on lasers has advanced to such a point the military feels ready to install them aboard aircraft and utilize them as a key ...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2013/10/30/contracts-awarded-to-de...

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