Directed energy weapons, such as high-power lasers or high-power microwaves, and their associated applications as weapons systems have been under investigation since the 1960s and 70s. As part of the survivability and self-defense construct, the Office of Naval Research has commenced development and implementation of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) Program. The program will develop a laser based proof-of-concept technology, including the demonstration of a full system by the end of the decade that will meet survivability and self-defense capability requirements of U.S. Navy surface combatants for defeating various small boat threats.
The system under development will support at the very minimum the DDG, CG, LSD, LPD, LHA, LHD and FFG ship classes and will utilize advanced directed energy technologies based on solid state lasers, similar to those currently in wide industrial uses. The successful testing and implementation of the MLD technology and the acquired expertise and know-how will enable the subsequent development and confidence for a notional Naval Maritime Laser-Based Weapon System.
FY14 Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach and Workforce Program 14-002
FOA 14-002 (PDF - 430.77 KB)
Published: January 8, 2014 09:42 AM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until December 31, 2014 03:00 PM EST
White Papers due no later than September 30, 2014 03:00 PM EST
Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology 15-001
15-001 (PDF - 1.07 MB)
Published: September 29, 2014 11:22 AM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2015 03:00 PM EST