10 February 2021
by Ashley Roque
Increasing threats from smaller drones has the US Army on the hunt for a company to produce a high-energy laser prototype by April 2022 to shoot down the aerial threats. The service issued a solicitation on 9 February for counter small unmanned aerial system high-energy laser (C-sUAS HEL) white-paper submissions by 24 February. Although the army recently stood up a Joint C-sUAS Office (JCO), this request comes from the service’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO), which is overseeing directed-energy development.
Increasing threats from smaller drones has the US Army on the hunt for a company to produce a high-e…