Navy Taps Northrop for Potential $91M Laser Demonstrator Program Contract

northrop Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman‘s (NYSE: NOC) space and mission systems business will provide support for the Solid State High Power Laser Weapon System Demonstrator program under a potential three-year, $91.1 million U.S. Navy contract.

The Defense Department said Thursday the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a base value of $53.1 million and base period of performance through Oct. 21, 2016.

Northrop will perform work in California in support of the Office of Naval Research‘s efforts to further develop the weapon systems design and components as well as boost the lethality of its laser weapon systems, DoD added.

Navy laser weapon systemThe obligated amount of $36.5 million at the time of award is from the Navy’s research, development, test and evaluation funds for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

ONR issued a broad agency announcement in 2014 that seeks laser technologies that can help the Navy counter threats from unmanned aerial vehicles, sensor systems and fast-attack or fast in-shore attack vessels.

The unit reported in December last year that it has deployed and operated the Navy Laser Weapon System aboard USS Ponce during operational demonstrations in the Persian Gulf.

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