ONR is working with Naval Surface Warfare Center
"We're confident we can bring together all of these pieces in a package that's small enough to be carried on light tactical vehicles and powerful enough to counter these threats," said Brig. Gen.
The GBAD system is being designed for use on light tactical vehicles such as the Humvee and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. With the proliferation of UAV technology,
"We can expect that our adversaries will increasingly use UAVs and our expeditionary forces must deal with that rising threat," said Col.
The technologies being developed under the GBAD program are a direct response to the
"Aggressive action against air threats is needed for the
Some of the system's components already have been used in tests to detect and track UAVs of all sizes. Later in the year, researchers will test the entire system against targets using a 10kW laser as a stepping stone to a 30kW laser.
The 30kW system is expected to be ready for field testing in 2016, when the program will begin more complex trials to ensure a seamless process from detection and tracking to firing, all from mobile tactical vehicles.
The program has benefitted from previous investments, studies and technology development by the
"These partnerships, along with strong support from
All the pieces for the system are being developed under ONR's Future Naval Capabilities program, which brings proven technology to military acquisition programs in rapid fashion, going from research-and-development to delivery in five years.
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