The first phase of the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL-TD) contract will involve the design of a rugged Beam Control System designed to be mounted on a truck.
The objective is to demonstrate that a mobile, solid-state laser weapon system can effectively counter rocket, artillery and mortar projectiles.
Boeing will then have the option of building and testing the Beam Control System integrated on a vehicle platform, and refining the requirements for the entire HEL-TD system.
These developments will increase the total programme contract cost to around $50m and will support the transition to a fully-fledged Army acquisition programme.
"We consider this programme an important win for Boeing because it supports a cornerstone of the Army's high-energy laser programme," said Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems.
"We believe this is the next step for developing a weapons system that can change the face of the battlefield."
Boeing is already involved in developing high-energy laser systems for a variety of applications such as the Airborne Laser, the Advanced Tactical Laser and the Tactical Relay Mirror System.
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