Boeing has won a $29.5 million contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships.
Boeing will begin to design a prototype High Power Beam Control Subsystem (HP BCSS) that’s compatible with High Energy Lasers (HEL) based on solid-state laser (SSL) technology.
The resulting beam control system will focus and hold a laser on a moving aim point long enough to disable the target.
Doing that with a ship-based laser is particularly challenging, given the maritime environment and constant movement of an at-sea vessel.
“Boeing innovations in beam control and directed energy technologies are keys to understanding laser weapon system configurations that could yield a capability for the Navy in their maritime environment,” Peggy Morse, vice president, Boeing Directed Energy & Strategic Systems (DESS) was quoted in the company’s press release.
Boeing’s solution will be compatible with systems other companies are designing for the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Solid State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program.