Solid State Laser Technology Maturation Program

The Solid State Laser (SSL) 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.

SSLs utilize specific solid chemicals that when combined with a light source (often light-emitting diodes), amplify and focus light at long range. For a laser weapon system, the resulting light and heat transmitted to a target causes the failure of structures. SSLs are typically categorized into one of two classes – either slab-type or fiber-type. Slab lasers use small centimeter-sized prismatic or rectangular geometries, whereas fiber lasers are thin rods about the diameter of a human hair and many meters long. In either type, an SSL weapon utilizes ship’s electricity to power the laser, and then the resulting light is directed by mirrors through an external, aimable beam director, where a complex optic system focuses the laser light onto targets.

Lasers have the capability for speed-of-light engagements, with very precise, real-time targeting and battle damage assessments. Lasers can provide measured weapon effects, matched with extremely deep magazine capacities to defend against multiple, simultaneous arriving threats potentially posed against Naval surface forces: armed, unarmed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or lethal unmanned aerial vehicles; light aircraft; small boats; asymmetric surface targets; or small diameter rockets and missiles. The prototypes will also examine the utility for precision discrimination of targets, and enhancement in aiming of existing guns and missiles.

Program Contact Information

Name: Peter Morrison

Title: Research Program Officer

Department: Code 35

Division: Aerospace Research



Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1153
Arlington, VA 22203-1998

Program Funding

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology BAA N00014-16-R-BA01

N00014-16-R-BA001.pdf (PDF - 463.41 KB)

Amendment 0001 (PDF - 462.24 KB)

Amendment 0002 (PDF - 370.21 KB)

BAA N00014-16-R-BA01 Amendment 0003 (PDF - 369.79 KB)

BAA N00014-16-R-BA01 Amendment 0004 (PDF - 370.59 KB)

N00014-16-R-BA01 Amendment 0005 (PDF - 480.53 KB)

Published: October 1, 2015 12:15 PM EST | Full Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2016 05:00 PM EST

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