MCKINNEY, Texas, (March 31, 2021) — Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business (NYSE: RTX), was awarded a $15.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, via the System of Systems Consortium, or SOSSEC Inc., to build and deliver an upgraded version of its high-energy laser weapon system, or HELWS. The AFLCMC will test the system in order to define requirements for future production programs, focusing on the air defense of air bases against unmanned aerial vehicles.
“With thousands of operation hours under its belt, our HELWS system has proven its mettle,” said Annabel Flores, vice president of Electronic Warfare Systems at RI&S. “Now we have the opportunity to build another, more robust laser system for the Air Force’s premier organization and take a key step toward defining an air base air defense program of record.”
Key system capabilities will be upgraded to improve overall HELWS performance. The system will be delivered in a pallet configuration, so operators can utilize more simplified logistics.
As part of the contract, RI&S will support Air Force field assessments and train operators of the system.
AFLCMC will test and evaluate the system, eventually making a recommendation to the program of record procurement authority.
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