U.S. Navy eyeing laser gun mounts

The U.S. Navy is giving defense contractor BAE systems US $2.8 million to demonstrate their Tactical Laser System (TLS) that can be integrated with existing U.S. Navy gun mounts.

The system couples a solid-state high-energy laser with the weapons module to provide extremely precise targeting and counter-material disabling effects.  The system also provides the ability to deliver scalable effects by varying the level of laser energy required, depending on the target and mission objectives.

“The TLS is revolutionary because it combines kinetic and directed energy weapons capability,” said Signorelli. “Our approach is an effective and affordable solution for the customer, because this system can be integrated into existing shipboard mounts.”

For those of you interested in sneaking a peek at the technology, BAE Systems will be displaying the system at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition April 11-13 in National Harbor, Md.

Via BAE Systems