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AFRL Funding Laser Effects Research

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THEL/Skyguard concept(click to view full) Detachment 8 of the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM is funding research to better understand and predict “the effects of lasers on various threat targets.” This is useful from a number of perspectives: ballistic missile defense, discussion of concepts like a laser-firing Mk15 Phalanx system or SkyGuard system to protect against rocket attacks such as the ones Israel experiences regularly, the use of modulated lasers to protect commercial aircraft, potential laser threats to civil targets, and more. The specific contracts include: Feb 4/08: Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. of Boulder, CO received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $42 million for research and development under a BAA entitled “Laser Effects Vulnerability Research” (LEVR). At this time $640,521 has been committed (FA9451-08-D-0161). “This effort shall balance both analytical modeling and experimental tasks to accurately predict the effects of lasers on various threat targets. Laser vulnerability assessments on space, tactical/ground, and missiles, systems, subsystems and components shall be completed to accurately predict the consequences of lasers interaction with these targets. This effort shall mature and enhance current capabilities by developing and improving AFRL’s Missile Assessment Center Codes and databases, research the […]

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