BAE Systems has received a contract valued at $2.8 million from the U.S. Navy to demonstrate a Tactical Laser System (TLS) that can be integrated with existing U.S. Navy gun mounts.
The TLS couples a solid-state high-energy laser with the weapons module to provide extremely precise targeting and counter-material disabling effects. The system also provides the ability to deliver scalable effects by varying the level of laser energy required, depending on the target and mission objectives.
“The Tactical Laser System provides a 21st century-directed energy weapon system with speed-of-light precision effects against surface threats,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems for BAE Systems.
“The TLS is revolutionary because it combines kinetic and directed energy weapons capability,” said Signorelli. “Our approach is an effective and affordable solution for the customer, because this system can be integrated into existing shipboard mounts.”
BAE Systems intends to collaborate with Boeing Directed Energy Systems, located in Albuquerque N.M. for the development of the Tactical Laser System.