Skip to comments.MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role
Posted on 06/20/2017 12:08:28 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role
14 June 2017
The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June.
In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the MDA Advanced Technology Directorate said it requires a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the payload capacity needed to carry a high-energy laser system payload to high altitudes for Boost Phase Intercept (BPI) of ICBMs in the 2023 timeframe.
"The results of this RFI [request for information] will inform future programme options for maturing BPI technology and capability following the current Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) effort. Proposed aircraft should be able to maintain continuous positive ground control and are expected to operate from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii and Edwards Air Force Base in California," the solicitation read.
While the MDA said it was seeking a HALE UAV for this role, it did note that manned concepts will be considered "with the appropriate justification".
(Excerpt) Read more at janes.com ...
un manned ABL?
Now, that’s the sort of thing I used to imagine when I heard the term “Star Wars” applied to missile defense.
COILs go ping!
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