What Is It?
Initiated in 2012, the Office of Naval Research Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation Program will develop and mature high-energy laser technologies into a prototypical weapon system for use and installation on the Navy’s surface combatants.
How Does It Work?
LASER means “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” and specifically, Solid-State Lasers utilize specific solid chemicals that when combined with a light source (often LEDs), amplify and focus light at long range.
What Will It Accomplish?
The program's goal is to produce a prototypical weapon system for use on surface Navy combatants. Lasers have the capability for speed-of-light engagements, with very precise, real-time targeting and battle damage assessments.