DARPA preps 5-year MELT program to develop high energy lasers for directed energy applications, drone swarms


The Pentagon’s research funding arm is prepping a five-year program to develop high energy laser sources for directed energy applications that are ideally suited to combat drone swarms, among other undisclosed military uses.

Already envisioning soldiers swarming with up to 250 drones simultaneously in urban combat, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is now setting its eyes on how to counter drone swarm attacks and more with compact, scalable, and panelized High Energy Laser (HEL) sources.

On February 18, 2022 DARPA will hold a proposers day for its massive five-year Modular Efficient Laser Technology (MELT) program, which seeks to “develop a laser tile as the building block for compact, scalable, panelized High Energy Laser sources.”

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Source: The Sociable