The US Navy (USN) is advancing a fast-track plan to test a high-energy laser weapon system on a DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.
A request for proposal (RFP) for what the navy now refers to as the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) system was released by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 18 June, with responses due for return no later than 18 August. HELIOS was previously known by the names Seasaber Increment 1 and Surface Navy Laser Weapon System.
The HELIOS project is focused on accelerating the fielding of laser weapon systems to the fleet, with an incremental approach for increasing capability as laser technology matures.
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