The US Army has awarded a $10 million worth contract to Raytheon for development of laser weapon systems preliminary design for integration onboard the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.
According to the contract announced on July 2, the company will develop a 100 kW class laser weapon system under High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstration program.
HEL TVD, a U.S. Army science and technology demonstration program, is part of the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 initiative.
"The beauty of this system is that it's self-contained," said Roy Azevedo, vice president of Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business unit. "Multi-spectral targeting sensors, fiber-combined lasers, power and thermal sub-systems are incorporated in a single package. This system is being designed to knock out rockets, artillery or mortar fire, or small drones."
Upon HEL TVD Program Option Two completion, the one supplier will be awarded a system development and demonstration contract by the Army to build and integrate a weapon system on the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. A System, Development and Demonstration contract decision, valued at nearly $130 million, is expected early in 2019.