Directed energy prototypes to be developed by Kratos

SAN DIEGO. Officials at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced its Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) division was selected to develop prototype technologies, components, and subsystems for the enhancement of existing or new Directed Energy (DE) systems. The contract is valued at $29 million.

The effort will extend DE system capabilities of counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM), counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS), and/or counter intel, surveillance, reconnaissance (C-ISR) missions for the U.S Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USA SMDC/ARSTRAT), Kratos officials report.

The specific technologies include beam control, high energy lasers, adaptive optics, power, thermal, sensors, illuminators, joint fires, fire support, and target tracking.  These prototype projects are directly relevant to enhancing mission effectiveness of military personnel and the supporting platforms, systems, components, or materials proposed to be acquired or developed by the Army. 

Work under this contract is anticipated to be performed at Kratos facilities and at government locations in Huntsville, Alabama.