Kratos Receives $46 Million from U.S. Army for Directed Energy Testbed

Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) has been awarded a $46 million U.S. Army Other Transaction for Prototype Agreement (pOTA) to establish a Directed Energy (DE) Testbed.

The new award to KDRSS, a division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., is in support the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) and has a three year period of performance.

The DE Testbed is to accelerate military development capability in the focus areas of High Energy Laser (HEL) and/or High Power Microwave (HPM) systems. The prototype project will primarily demonstrate the Air and Missile Defense (AMD) military utility of the system with a concentration on countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) using HEL and/or HPM on ground-based and airborne platforms.

AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System (XN-1 LaWS)
Kratos-developed AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System (XN-1 LaWS) abroad U.S. Navy ship USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) during an operational demonstration. (USN photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Additionally, this pOTA will perform research and experimentation related to DE test infrastructure and methodologies to improve the efficiency and accuracy of DE test programs. The project improves the ability to deploy HEL and HPM systems by providing test beds for evaluation of emerging, reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) HEL and HPM systems.

Dave Carter, President of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division, said, “This recent award is another important milestone in our commitment to continue providing superior advanced technology solutions that is in keeping with our long term strategic goals supporting the U.S. Army in advancing and developing improved Directed Energy Technologies. We are very pleased the U.S. Army has chosen Kratos to serve in this capacity.”

Work under this pOTA is anticipated to be performed at Kratos facilities and at government locations in Huntsville, AL.

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