Grumman is working on a high power, solid-state 'electric' powered
laser developed under phase 3 of the Joint High-Power Solid
State Laser (JHPSSL) program. The new high power laser is developed
at the newly established specialized facility exclusively for
system integration and production of high-energy laser systems
for military uses - the first of its kind by private industry
in the United States. Located at the Space Technology sector's
Space Park campus, the Directed Energy Production Facility is
specifically designed for the production of high-energy, solid-state
lasers and their integration onto military vehicles.
completed next year (2008) the new laser will demonstrate 100
kW solid-state lasers with power sufficient for a variety of
force protection battlefield and precision strike missions.
This system will be followed by future technologies of lasers
including fiber lasers even more powerful than 100kW. The facility
will also handle the integration of electric lasers onto various
military platforms, such as armored combat vehicles. Another
system to be developed at the new facility is the Skyguard
high power chemical laser system, designed to protect civilian,
strategic and military targets from rockets, artillery and mortar
(RAM) attacks. Northrop said it obtained US government permission
to market the system overseas, and has already proposed the
system to Israel.
Northrop is one of four to five bidders proposing the Israeli
MoD with counter-rocket solutions.