Pentagon Awards Lockheed Martin Defense Contract for New Laser Weapon

The Department of Defense awarded 30 separate defense contracts Friday, worth a total of $1.99 billion. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) won two of them, including what was perhaps the most interesting contract awarded all week.

Lockheed's smaller contract win yesterday was a $10.8 million contract modification instructing the firm to perform post-delivery support on the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). Lockheed Martin will plan and implement changes in design that were deferred during the vessel's construction. It is expected to wrap up work on this contract by October 2015.

The company's larger contract win, worth $25.2 million, came in the form of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, and deliver to the U.S. Army a 60-kilowatt spectrally combined high-power fiber laser that will be used in the Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, or HEL MD, program.

The Army describes HEL MD as a weapons system that will be used to destroy incoming rockets, artillery, mortars, and hostile unmanned aerial vehicles in the air, and that can also be used to explode unexploded ordnance (including IEDs) on the ground. The Army anticipates installing the system on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck, with the "shooting end" being contained in a 360-degree swivelable, dome-shaped turret mounted atop the truck.

Delivery of the test laser is due Dec. 27, 2016, at which point it will be tested on Army and Department of Defense test ranges and at other outdoor locations.


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  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2014, at 1:07 PM, TheAncient wrote:

    "Lockheed's smaller contract win yesterday was a $10.8 million contract modification instructing the firm to perform post-delivery support on the littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5). Lockheed Martin will plan and implement changes in design that were deferred during the vessel's construction. It is expected to wrap up work on this contract by October 2015."

    Does anyone else see a problem here? It's like your employer hiring someone to spell check all your work without negatively impacting your employer's opinion of your work performance.

    If the people who write the contract mods are same ones who wrote the initial contract they should be replaced for incompetence. Plus the government needs to know before letting the contract that they want two cup holders on the captain's chair instead of one. It's this nickel and diming contracts that are wasteful.

  • Report this Comment On March 01, 2014, at 1:19 PM, TheAncient wrote:

    "..a 60-kilowatt spectrally combined high-power fiber laser.."

    "to destroy incoming rockets, artillery, mortars, and hostile unmanned aerial vehicles in the air,.."

    Hey Buck Rogers, they're building you a new handgun. ROFL hysterically 60 kilowatt? Seriously?

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2014, at 9:00 AM, PictouGene wrote:

    60ks? What a laugh.

    Back when I worked at Redstone Arsenal, the Army tried to demonstrate a 1 megawatt laser. They burned the paint off the side of a truck, which was a mile away.

    The Air Force tried putting a high energy laser (HEL) in a 747. Burned a lot of holes in the sky, but ultimately no military use.

    As to destroying missiles, won't happen. Guided missiles can take out any guidance errors introduced by the laser; unguided missiles and ordnance don't care.

    This is one of the biggest boondoggles the military has ever chased

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2014, at 9:12 AM, Chevynuts33 wrote:

    This might be all about the 'fiber'... rather than the "laser". Light is not all reflected (5% loss<>) in each reflection. A 'Fiber' that had a number of turns or twists has a number of reflecting points. When the first stories on the ship born Laser were out, I assumed that compensating with little distance between origin and release point was the solution.

    Maybe the 'reflections' are a design problem or Lockedup Martians is developing a 'a larger distance between', or Locknut Muttons is having problems.

    I would have thought DuPont would be the go to on the Fiber, maybe they are and LOCCKEDUP NUTS is just getting a surcharge.

  • Report this Comment On March 02, 2014, at 11:03 AM, Grandpastu wrote:

    Where is that 60K watts measured; at the laser aperture, the final output stage or on the target? Is the 60KW peak power or average power? What happens to the laser's delivered power if it's raining or snowing? I guess it really doesn't matter as long as Lockheed gets the contract. These minor problems will be worked out during the cost overrun portion of the contract.

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