Boeing to develop high-brightness laser

  • 17-May-2011 04:46 EDT

The Boeing Co. received a $4.2 million, 16-month contract to design and develop a 25-kW high-brightness laser for the Pentagon's High Energy Laser-Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO). Boeing will develop the solid-state electric laser based on thin disk laser (TDL) technology. The project's goal is to demonstrate that the performance of a TDL-based system is consistent with the HEL-JTO Robust Electric Laser Initiative program objectives of high brightness and high electrical efficiency. Boeing's approach incorporates a series of commercial, off-the-shelf lasers used in many industries for cutting and welding metal parts. Successful completion of the effort could lead to the development and production of operational versions of the laser system. A high-power, solid-state directed energy weapon has the ability to damage, disable, or destroy targets at the speed of light, with little to no collateral damage.

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