The U.S. Army has asked industry to submit white papers to meet its requirement for a prototype high-energy laser weapon system for defending soldiers, facilities and other assets from threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems.
The service plans to award one or more other transaction agreements for prototyping work in support of the Army Multipurpose High-Energy Laser weapon system requirement, according to a solicitation notice published Monday.
Under the AMP-HEL program, vendors will build, integrate and demonstrate four prototypes with options to develop one more prototype and one palletized laser laboratory asset prototype.
The branch expects companies to demonstrate the hard-kill defeat capability of the prototypes against Group 1 and 2 UAS and integrate the systems aboard an infantry squad vehicle.
Interested stakeholders that plan to submit white papers should have the ability to store and process secret information and hardware, according to the notice.
The Army’s rapid capabilities and critical technologies office will issue draft statement of objectives to cleared offerors on Sept. 22 and accept white papers through Oct. 21.