WARFARE EVOLUTION BLOG: As stated in previous articles, we need to reduce the complete kill chain down to 10 minutes or less, according to General John Jumper. So, all new systems and weapons must fit inside the kill chain somewhere (find, fix, fire, finish, feedback). And, they must speed things up significantly. We also established that the latest radar, sonar, SIGINT, IMINT, and other sensor systems fit in the find and fix phases. Now, it’s time to take a look at some of the latest developments going into the fire and finish phases.
REDONDO BEACH, California. Northrop Grumman won a contract from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) U.S. Navy to design, produce, integrate, and support shipboard testing of a 150-kilowatt-class solid state (electric) laser weapon system. The contract, dubbed Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD), will have three phases.
BOTHELL, WA. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $25 million contract from the U.S. Army to design, build, and test a 60-kilowatt electric laser to be integrated and tested on the truck-mounted High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD).