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BlueHalo Secures Directed Energy Prototyping Contract From US Army

BlueHalo has received a $95.4-million contract to continue directed energy prototyping for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

The agreement supports the agency’s ongoing Laser Technology Research Development and Optimization (LARDO) program, which seeks weapons against aerial drones and similar systems.

Under the contract, the company will extend design and manufacturing tasks to further improve the efficiency, performance, automation, and ruggedization of its directed energy solutions for the army.

Other objectives include the enhancement of size, weight, and power of covered assets.

BlueHalo’s LOCUST Laser Weapon System (LWS) combines precision optical and laser hardware with advanced software, artificial intelligence (AI), and processing to enable and enhance the directed energy “kill chain”.
P-HEL integrated with the Locust laser system. Photo: BlueHalo

“We are developing tools to win the next war so there is no next war,” BlueHalo Chief Technology Officer Dr. Vikram Manikonda explained.

“We are expanding and accelerating BlueHalo’s air defense innovations, not only with Directed Energy technologies but with the diagnostic and surveillance monitoring systems that enable their sustainment, operation, and continuous improvement in the field.”

“Our solutions are interoperable and designed with extreme care for the warfighter, providing the Army with a full system of systems to mature the use of laser weapons to meet our national security demands.”

For Counter-Drone Missions

BlueHalo will leverage experiences in developing counter-unmanned aerial systems (c-UAS), including lessons acquired from the recent deployments of its proprietary Locust laser systems.

The Locust incorporates precision laser and optical hardware as well as advanced processing and artificial intelligence software to maintain target identification, tracking, and engagement for warfighters.

“Through the LARDO program, the US Army is investing in the rapid innovation and maturation of our Nation’s laser weapon capabilities,” BlueHalo Chief Operating Officer Trip Ferguson stated.

“BlueHalo’s LOCUST laser systems are deployed overseas, providing multi-domain mission success in UAS threat elimination and force protection. We are honored that the US Army continues to trust BlueHalo to deliver superior Directed Energy technologies and air defense innovations.”

Laser Weapon Contracts

BlueHalo signed a contract in April to provide support services for the US Army’s Palletized High Energy Laser (P-HEL) system.

Made by BlueHalo, the P-HEL fires energy to protect users and critical infrastructure from small-type drone aircraft.

The contract will include full-cycle services and will run for four years.

The company accepted a separate project in November 2023 to supply Locust systems for the US Marine Corps.

The ordered articles will be tested in partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center and integrated into the Marines’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle fleet.

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