Posted in | Laser

ONR Initiative to Construct Model of Solid-State Laser Weapons for Navy Operations

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently declared their intent to create a prototype of solid-state laser weapon. These laser-based weapons will enable the sailors to combat small boat threats and aerial targets without the need for bullets. The prototype will however represent multi-mission capabilities of a Navy ship on board.

New ONR program aims to develop solid-state laser weapons for ships. Credit: US Navy illustration

The Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) initiative’s program officer, Peter Morrison explains the need and importance of progressing with solid-state lasers. Development of weapon prototype and advancements of related technology are more important than concentrating on limited demonstrations.

On May 16, ONR will host an industry day, through which the program’s main objective and other related information will be announced to the R&D community. A Broad Agency Announcement will then be pronounced in order to seek proposals and bids.

Over the years, the Navy’s development of advanced directed-energy technology has contributed to kilowatt-scale lasers that can function as weapons. The Maritime Laser Demonstration formulated a proof-of-concept technology, as part of the initiative followed by its validation at sea on a decommissioned Navy ship. A small boat target was proven for disabling capability. Furthermore, the Laser Weapon System proved its capability to shoot down four small unmanned test aircraft.

The SSL-TM program is a development initiative of ONR's previously directed-energy developments. This program is an advancement of other laser research programs like Eglin Air Force Base-tested MK 38 Tactical Laser Demonstration. Department of the Navy anticipates becoming the premier armed forces to make use of high-energy laser weapons.

Source: http://www.onr.navy.mil/

Will Soutter

Written by

Will Soutter

Will has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Durham, and a M.Sc. in Green Chemistry from the University of York. Naturally, Will is our resident Chemistry expert but, a love of science and the internet makes Will the all-rounder of the team. In his spare time Will likes to play the drums, cook and brew cider.

Citations

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Soutter, Will. (2019, February 28). ONR Initiative to Construct Model of Solid-State Laser Weapons for Navy Operations. AZoOptics. Retrieved on March 29, 2020 from https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=15539.

  • MLA

    Soutter, Will. "ONR Initiative to Construct Model of Solid-State Laser Weapons for Navy Operations". AZoOptics. 29 March 2020. <https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=15539>.

  • Chicago

    Soutter, Will. "ONR Initiative to Construct Model of Solid-State Laser Weapons for Navy Operations". AZoOptics. https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=15539. (accessed March 29, 2020).

  • Harvard

    Soutter, Will. 2019. ONR Initiative to Construct Model of Solid-State Laser Weapons for Navy Operations. AZoOptics, viewed 29 March 2020, https://www.azooptics.com/News.aspx?newsID=15539.

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Submit