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Boeing completes FEL weapon system design for US Navy
Posted On: Mar 22, 2010
An artistic conception of a naval ship using laser weapon system.
ALBUQUERQUE, USA (BNS):
The preliminary design of the Free Electron Laser (FEL) weapon system, being developed for the US Navy by Boeing Company, has been completed and a prototype of the weapon system would be designed for sea tests.
The design of the FEL was presented before the US Government officials and National Laboratory representatives between March 9 and 11, Boeing said.
"The Free Electron Laser will use a ship's electrical power to create, in effect, unlimited ammunition and provide the ultra-precise, speed-of-light capability required to defend US naval forces against emerging threats, such as hyper-velocity cruise missiles," Gary Fitzmire, vice president and programme director of Boeing Directed Energy Systems, said.
"The successful completion of this preliminary design review is an important milestone in developing a weapon system that will transform naval warfare," he said.
Boeing is developing the FEL systems under a $163 million contract awarded by the US Navy in April, 2009.
The weapon system is being designed to empower naval ships with an ultra-precise, swift mechanism to defend themselves against challenging threats like hyper-velocity cruise missiles.
The electric laser will operate by passing a beam of high-energy electrons through a series of powerful magnetic fields, thereby generating an intense emission of laser light that can disable or destroy targets.
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