The Air Force’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office this week issued a request for information to industry partners about directed-energy weapons to counter unmanned aircraft systems.

The request is market research ahead of an experimentation demonstration that comes as part of the Air Force Directed Energy Weapons Flight Plan, which was issued in May by the branch’s secretary and chief of staff.

The SDPE is asking interested parties for information about their ability “to provide a directed energy weapons system for targeting group 1 and group 2 unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) during a counter-UAS operation.”

The request outlines a directed-energy counter-UAS system that works with existing command-and-control systems and “may employ a modular structure capable of interfacing with existing weapon system platforms and sensors to tailor configuration to tasking.”


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