Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $16,289,702 agreement for one prototype Phaser high power microwave system. This agreement provides for outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) field assessment for purposes of experimentation. Experimentation includes, but is not limited to 12 months of in-field operation by Air Force personnel against unmanned aerial systems threats.
A prototype microwave defense system known as MAX POWER, which deployed in 2012 to Afghanistan, proved useful in neutralizing the threat of improvised explosive devices. The system houses high-powered vacuum tubes to generate microwaves that detonated roadside bombs before they could harm soldiers.
Originally developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, MAX POWER has transferred to the Army. In an agreement with the AFRL, the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at New Jersey’s Picatinny Arsenal is looking to see what it can do with MAX POWER’s hardware.
As cyber attacks and electronic warfare become ever-growing concerns in the battlespace, the need for electromagnetic technologies such as high-power microwave weapons becomes crucial to defend against threats.
Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va., is being awarded a $24,525,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high-energy research and applications and high-power microwave and plasma technologies. The contracting activity is the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.