Germany has awarded a consortium consisting of MBDA Deutschland and Rheinmetall a contract to fabricate, integrate and support testing of a laser weapon demonstrator in the maritime environment.
MBDA Deutschland say they will be responsible for tracking, the operator’s console and linking the laser weapon demonstrator to the command-and-control system.
Rheinmetall is in charge of the laser weapon station, the beam guiding system, cooling, and integration of the laser weapon system into the project container of the laser source demonstrator.
The demonstrator is to be fabricated, tested and integrated by the end of the 2021. Trials onboard the German Navy frigate F124 Sachsen are to take place in 2022.
As Doris Laarmann, head of laser business development at MBDA Deutschland, said:
“The contract is an important step on the path to an operational high-energy laser system. Our two companies will apply their respective strengths to make this project a success on behalf of the German Navy. Once it’s installed, the demonstrator will also be used to test important aspects such as the interaction and function of the sensor suite, combat management system and effector as well as rules of engagement.”
Alexander Graf, head of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition’s laser weapons programme, said:
“The contract marks a systematic extension of the functional prototype laser weapon successfully tested in recent years, with the experience gained now dovetailing into one of the most ambitious projects in the field of laser weapon development in Europe.”