Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has made gains with the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system currently under development. MLD has passed two milestone reviews by the Office of Naval Research, pointing to the future success of the program.
“These reviews indicate that our MLD design should meet the Navy’s objectives in future demonstrations, ” said Steve Hixson, vice president of Advanced Concepts – Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector. “Next we will finalize detailed test plans and move into land-based, live fire tests.”
The next step for Northrop Grumman will be to conduct an at-sea demonstration of this new technology.
NGC won a contract from the Office of Naval Research in July 2009 worth $98 million to demonstrate an innovative laser weapon system by the end of 2010 suitable for operating in a marine environment and able to defeat small boat threats, and ultimately could be applicable to other self-defense missions.
The project is expected to conclude in 2014.