A Dynetics-led team has received a $10m contract from the US Army to continue development for the next phase of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme.

The team, which also includes Lockheed Martin and its partners, will work on the development of the 100kW class laser weapon system.

It has come up with a HEL TVD system that will use highly reliable subsystems capable of operating in rugged operating conditions.

The Dynetics-led team recently completed a system requirements review and technical baseline update.

The next step of the HEL TVD programme involves a preliminary design review, scheduled for January 2019.

The team is competing with another contractor to build the demonstrator that will be tested in 2022.

Dynetics contracts vice-president Ronnie Chronister said: “The HEL TVD programme will be pivotal for the warfighters while they are protecting our country.

“The HEL TVD programme will be pivotal for the warfighters while they are protecting our country.”

“Dynetics, Lockheed Martin and our partners are providing a safe and simple high-energy laser weapon system that crews can operate for years to come and across various terrains.

“We believe that our solution will be straightforward and will be the type of system that will be preferred by the army.”

Dynetics is leveraging its experience of systems engineering, manufacturing, test and vehicle modifications for integration on the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).

Towards the development of demonstrator, Lockheed Martin will provide the laser subsystem, as well as other key subsystems.

The spectral beam-combined fibre laser subsystem is expected to benefit from Lockheed’s ground vehicle integration expertise.

The US Army will award a contract option to the winning contractor to finish the design, as well as build and integrate the laser weapon system onto an Army FMTV platform.

Additionally, the contract will involve conducting field testing at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.