Digital Fusion Solutions , a subsidiary of US-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, has been awarded a contract to support the integration of high-energy laser tactical vehicle demonstrator (HEL TVD) systems.

The HEL TVD will be a rugged, mobile, pre-prototype solid state laser system designed to address the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 – Intercept (IFPC Increment 2-I) Block II objective requirements.

Scheduled for testing in fiscal 2022, the HEL TVD will consist of a 100kW-class laser projected through a precision pointing, high-velocity target tracking beam control system.

The overall HEL TVD task order consists of four phases and the current award is for the base period.

The other three options will be exercised by the US Army later, which it will result in a pre-prototype HEL weapon system.

"We are very excited about this win because it enables us to expand our technical expertise in high-energy lasers."

Under the contract, Kratos will be responsible for task order management, system integration and platform support. 

Kratos DRSS Division president Dave Carter said: "We are very excited about this win because it enables us to expand our technical expertise in high-energy lasers while continuing to work closely with our long-time valued customer, US Army SMDC."

The latest base period task order has been awarded under QWK's US Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC / ARSTRAT) design, development, demonstration and integration contract (D3I) contract.

The D3I indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract is valued at $3.038bn and has a five-year base period of performance with two consecutive two-year options.

The task orders awarded under the D3I contract will facilitate rapid development and integration of space, missile defence, cyber, and directed energy technologies to support the mission of SMDC / ARSTRAT and the warfighter.

Earlier this month, Kratos won a position on D3I contract from the US Army SMDC as part of QWK Integrated Solutions .

QWK is a joint venture formed by Vencore and Digital Fusion Solutions to pursue the D3I contract.