Dynetics and its partners have secured a $130m contract to build and test the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command’s (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) programme.

The High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme is a 100kW class laser weapon system.

Dynetics brings more than 70 years of experience from companies such as Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce and MZA Associates. As the prime contractor, it will be responsible for final assembly, integration and testing of the system.

Dynetics contracts senior vice-president Ronnie Chronister said: “High-energy laser weapons have been a system that the US has wanted to add into their defence portfolio since the invention of the laser.

“We chose to partner with Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce and MZA because they are very sophisticated and agile companies who each brought a particular skillset that was necessary for us to be successful.”

Lockheed Martin will serve as the laser weapon system integrator and provide the laser weapon subsystem. Additionally, it will optimise the performance of the laser module, power and cooling systems, and operator interfaces.

Lockheed Martin will be the key member of Dynetics and provide support from Washington, Texas, and New Jersey in the US.

The integrated power and thermal management system will be designed by Rolls-Royce LibertyWorks to meet the requirements of the HEL TVD programme.

“Field testing will be carried out at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US, as part of SMDC’s programme.”

The system is capable of providing electrical power and thermal management required in a power-dense package.

As part of the critical design review (CDR) phase, Dynetics will finalise the design prior to system fabrication and documenting.

During this period, long-lead material orders will start and subsequently, the laser weapon system will be built and integrated onto an army fleet of medium tactical vehicles.

Following this, field testing will be carried out at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US, as part of SMDC’s programme.