Designed to counter or defeat Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) on the battlefield, high energy lasers (HELs), also known as directed energy, are an emerging threat to U.S. weapon system platforms.
KBR works with industry-leading technology developers and government partners to bring this speed-of-light capability to the tactical edge of the battlefield. Laser beam engineering and integration is led by experiments that evaluate threat systems and analyze beam characterizations. This crucial technology allows for laser strength testing and development in support of counter drone missions for national defense. The ability to replicate perceived and actual laser threat capabilities, as well as aircraft targets to record lethality, is unique to KBR.
“The ability to replicate perceived and actual laser threat capabilities, as well as aircraft targets to record lethality, is unique to KBR.”
Our directed energy portfolio includes programs for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force as well as efforts at Kord, a wholly owned subsidiary of KBR. Kord supports the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) as the prime contractor to lead the U.S. Army Directed Energy Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (DE-MSHORAD) initiative. This project works to integrate 50-kilowatt-class laser weapon systems on Stryker combat vehicles in order to deliver a prototype platoon to soldiers.