Boeing, BAE Systems
Team for Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System
July 25, 2011
Energy Systems (DES) division has signed a teaming agreement with BAE
Systems to develop the Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System for defense of
U.S. Navy ships.
Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System will have variable energy levels to
counter small surface and air threats.
The Navy awarded the BAE Systems team an initial contract in March to
build a demonstrator unit of the system. Boeing is a subcontractor to
BAE Systems under this contract.
"Boeing is committed to developing this directed energy system that will
significantly enhance ship defense," said Michael Rinn, Boeing DES vice
president. "Combining BAE's engineering expertise with the proven
directed-energy proficiency of Boeing's DES division creates a team
uniquely qualified to integrate directed-energy technology into the
Navy's shipboard armaments."
The Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System couples a solid-state high-energy
laser weapon module with the operational Mk 38 Machine Gun System. The
addition of the laser weapon module brings high-precision accuracy
against surface and air targets such as small boats and unmanned aerial
vehicles. The system also provides the ability to deliver different
levels of laser energy, depending on the target and mission objectives.
and BAE Systems have been working together for the past two years to
develop this capability. In 2010, Boeing DES conducted two experiments
in the field to demonstrate the system's ability to track surface
targets and maintain a laser aimpoint with high precision.
"The Mk 38 Mod 2 system is revolutionary because it combines kinetic and
directed energy weapons capability," said Rinn. "Our approach is an
affordable solution for the customer, because this system can be
integrated seamlessly into existing shipboard command interfaces."
The Mk 38 Mod 2 Tactical Laser System project unites Albuquerque-based
Boeing DES -- the industry leader in directed energy and acquisition,
pointing and tracking systems -- with BAE Systems, a leading designer
and supplier of major shipboard armaments to the U.S. Navy.