Military Embedded Systems

Counter-UAS directed energy weapon in development for Air Force


October 08, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A-Tech Corporation, doing business as Applied Technology Associates (ATA), has won a $17,663,490 other transaction prototype project agreement to obtain a ground-based Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) prototype for the purpose of fixed-site Air Force Air Base Air Defense against Group 1 and Group 2 unmanned aerial system (UAS) threats.

The Directed Energy Counter-UAS prototype project involves the development, assembly, and test of a prototype DEW in an operationally relevant environment. This prototype effort will be divided into two phases, with Phase 2 being an option. Phase 1 consists of prototype design, assembly, and contractor test, according to the company.

Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by September 10, 2021. This award is the result of a competition under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Consortium Initiative umbrella agreement. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.