US government invests in counter drone laser and microwave technology

The US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) has awarded Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (part of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions) a three-year Other Transaction for Prototype Agreement (pOTA) to establish a Directed Energy (DE) Testbed to accelerate military development capability in the focus areas of High Energy Laser (HEL) and/or High Power Microwave (HPM) systems. The USD46 million contract will concentrate on countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) using HEL and/or HPM on ground-based and airborne platforms to support Air and Missile Defense (AMD) military applications.

According to a Kratos press release: Additionally, this pOTA will perform research and experimentation related to DE test infrastructure and methodologies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of DE test programs.  The project improves the ability to deploy HEL and HPM systems by providing test beds for evaluation of emerging, reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) HEL and HPM systems.  Work under this pOTA is anticipated to be performed at Kratos facilities and at government locations in Huntsville, AL.

Dave Carter, President of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division, said, “This recent award is another important milestone in our commitment to continue providing superior  advanced technology solutions that is in keeping with our long term strategic goals supporting the U.S. Army in advancing and developing improved Directed Energy Technologies.”

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