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House committee fears gap in industrial capability to power laser weapons

The House Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment into its markup of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that would make the Pentagon report on its investment strategy for developing power and thermal management systems that enable laser weapons.

“The [c]ommittee notes with concern the recent decision by a major defense contractor to exit the Directed Energy Mobile Short-Range Air Defense program following repeated failure of its power and thermal management system,” the amendment, submitted by Rep. James Langevin (D-Rhode Island), states.

Defense News first reported Northrop Grumman was no longer in the running to build a DE Maneuver-SHORAD prototype for the U.S. Army.

While testing the 50-kilowatt laser module on the weapon late last year, a fire broke out related to the power and thermal management system integrated onto the platform. Similar problems cropped up at a checkout of the system in January ahead of shoot-off schedule for the spring at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

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