DARPA to Develop Laser
Lockheed Martin Aculight Corp., Bothell, Washington, was awarded a $12,796,190 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Modular Efficient Laser Technology (MELT) program. MELT seeks to develop a laser tile as the building block for compact, scalable, panelized high-energy laser sources. Work will be performed in Bothell, Washington (81%); Moorestown, New Jersey (17%); and Sunnyvale, California (2%), with an expected completion date of October 2024. Fiscal 2022 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,392,442 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition under broad agency announcement HR001122S0017 and nine offers were received. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HR0011-23-C-0003).