Navy Developing Laser Weaponry (VIDEO)

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The Office of Naval Research wants to develop a solid-state laser weapon prototype that will demonstrate multi-mission capabilities aboard a Navy ship.

ONR will host an industry day on Wednesday to provide the research and development community with information about the program with a Board Agency Announcement expected to be released soon after to solicit proposals and bids.

“We believe it’s time to move forward with solid-state lasers and shift the focus from limited demonstrations to weapon prototype development and related technology advancement,” said Peter Morrison, program officer of the Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program.

The SSL-TM program builds on ONR’s directed-energy developments and knowledge gained from other laser research initiatives, including the MK 38 Tactical Laser Demonstration tested at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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