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Lockheed Subsidiary to Build Laser Weapon Test Units Under $943M Navy Contract

A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) subsidiary has won a potential $942.8 million contract to build and deliver two laser weapon test units to the U.S. Navy under increment 1 of the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance program.

The Defense Department said Friday the Naval Sea Systems Command received four proposals for the cost-plus-incentive-fee contract that covers the development of a laser weapon unit for the service’s DDG 51 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and another one for a ground-based test site.

Lockheed’s Aculight business will perform work in Washington, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio through April 2020 under the contract that has a base value of $150 million.

NAVSEA will obligate $3.5 million from fiscal 2018 research, development, testing and evaluation funds at the time of award.

The HELIOS program seeks to accelerate the deployment to the naval fleet of laser weapon systems such as high-energy laser platforms and counter-intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance laser systems that work against aerial drone-mounted sensors.

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