High-energy laser system in development with Rheinmetall and MBDANews
February 01, 2021
GERMANY. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded a consortium, or ARGE, consisting of MBDA Deutschland GmbH and Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH a contract to fabricate, integrate, and support testing of a laser weapon demonstrator in the maritime environment.
According to officials, work will be shared out on a roughly equal basis. MBDA Deutschland is responsible for tracking the operator’s console and linking the laser weapon demonstrator to the command-and-control system.
Rheinmetall claims it is in charge of the laser weapon station, the beam guiding system, cooling, and integration of the laser weapon system into the project container of the laser source demonstrator.
The company also claims that the laser weapon demonstrator is to be fabricated, tested, and integrated by the end of the 2021. Trials onboard the German Navy frigate F-124 Sachsen are to take place in 2022.