Lockheed Martin awarded $9.4M missile-defense contract
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4M contract to develop a low power laser demonstrator missile interceptor concept, the agency announced. A missile's boost phase, the short window after its launch, is the ideal time to intercept and destroy the threat, before it can reach top speed or deploy decoys. The speed and precision of laser systems make them potential options for a future missile defense system. Lockheed Martin will draw from expertise in laser system architectures, ballistic missile defense system integration, platform integration, optics and beam control for the low power laser demonstrator program. The company has experience in developing laser systems through both government contracts and internal investments, which reduces risk for its demonstrator program.