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General Atomics Wins $40M Laser Defense Contract

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., a $39, 833, 499 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the high-energy liquid laser area defense system program.

The program includes a 150 kW laser designed for flight traceable performance and integration into a field test system for ground demonstration.

The program will include battery and thermal management systems to support representative airborne, seaborne and ground-based scenarios, which present multiple target prosecutions in sequence.

The majority of the work will be performed in Poway, Calif., and is expected to be completed Feb. 1, 2013. DARPA is the contracting activity.

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