Eyeing 'great promise' of directed energy, MDA awards another boost-phase intercept contract

By Jason Sherman / November 7, 2017 at 2:28 PM
The Defense Department has selected General Atomics to compete in the new technology demonstration effort to integrate a low-power laser on a high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle, expanding the project to develop different approaches for a potential precursor to an airborne laser capable of intercepting ballistic missiles during the boost phase of flight. On Nov. 1, the Missile Defense Agency awarded General Atomics' San Diego, CA-based Electromagnetic Systems Group an $8.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Low-Power Laser Demonstrator Phase 1...

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