Naval Weapons

USN plans accelerated laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

08 March 2017

Key Points

  • Seasaber Increment 1 will consist of a minimum 60 kW-class High Energy Laser along with counter-ISR dazzling capability
  • The USN plans to fit Seasaber Increment 1 on board a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer in the fiscal year 2020 timeframe

A fast-track plan is being developed by the US Navy (USN) with the aim of deploying a laser weapon system on a DDG-51 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in the 2020 timeframe.

An initial request for information (RFI) for what the navy refers to as Seasaber Increment 1 was released by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 22 February.

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