Boeing and General Atomics join forces on new laser weapon

October 14, 2020



General Atomics and Boeing are teaming up to build a new high-energy laser for air and missile defense, the companies announced on Oct. 13.

Under the agreement, the companies will create a 100 kilowatt laser that will be scalable to 250 kilowatts, the companies stated in a news release. The weapon will be able to be employed as a standalone system or integrated onboard ground vehicles, ships, and aircraft.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will be responsible for the laser, batteries, and thermal management system, while Boeing will create the beam director and software necessary for precision tracking and pointing the laser…


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