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TRW to develop solid-state laser for U.S. military

Posted: 12 Dec 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solid-state laser? jhpssl? trw?

TRW Inc. has received a $21.3 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to develop an electrically powered solid-state laser that puts out 25kW of laser beam power. The awarded contract is part of the Joint High-Power Solid-State Laser (JHPSSL) program that targets demonstration of the laser by the end of 2004.

"This program will open the door to many new military applications for high-energy lasers, ranging from electronic warfare tasks such as blinding or destruction of enemy sensors to air defense or ship self-defense," said Jackie Gish, TRW director of directed energy technology and products. "

Gish added that the JHPSSL program will leverage the substantial R&D in solid-state lasers TRW has conducted for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Air Force and various other government and commercial enterprises, as well as TRW's substantial investment of discretionary resources. In addition, she noted, TRW's commercial ventures in solid-state lasers provide strong experience in packaging and production of solid-state lasers.

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