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BlueHalo to Develop High-Energy Laser Tech for Army Under $76M OTA; Jonathan Moneymaker Quoted

BlueHalo has secured a potential $76 million other transaction agreement with the U.S. Army to develop a 20-kilowatt class laser weapon for countering drone threats.

The company said Tuesday it aims to build the Army Multi-Purpose High Energy Laser prototype for installation on the service branch’s Infantry Squad Vehicle and help soldiers perform counter-unmanned aircraft system missions.

The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office issued the OTA award after accepting delivery of the company-built LOCUST laser technology for use in conjunction with the Palletized High Energy Laser prototype.

“Our LOCUST LWS has successfully engaged and defeated numerous drone threats across a wide variety of background, clutter, slant range and threat conditions,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, CEO of BlueHalo and a previous Wash100 awardee.

The artificial intelligence-powered optical and laser system supports target identification and engagement using the directed energy approach.

The OTA’s potential amount comprises a $45.7 million base value and $30.2 million in options.

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