Boeing gets $275 million contract from AFRL to support laser and optics R&D at two observatories

Work will be performed at Starfire Optical Range (Kirtland Air Force Base, NM) and Maui Space Surveillance Complex (HI).

Boeing gets $275 million contract from AFRL to support laser and optics R&D at two observatories
Boeing gets $275 million contract from AFRL to support laser and optics R&D at two observatories
Boeing participates in military programs for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. Shown here, Boeing supplied the acquisition, tracking, and beam-delivery optics for the U.S. Army's truck-mounted fiber laser. Boeing has a $275 million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) that extends a 25-year partnership between the two entities. (Image courtesy of Boeing)


A 25-year partnership between Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will continue into Boeing's second century, as the AFRL has chosen Boeing for research, engineering, and program management at two of the nation's largest observatories.

The AFRL awarded Boeing's Directed Energy and Strategic Systems (Albuquerque, NM) a $275 million contract -- Research & Development for Advanced Space Superiority Technology & Engineering (RASTER) -- to advance scientific and technical knowledge of ground-based space-superiority capabilities and technology, with work to be performed at Starfire Optical Range, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and Maui Space Surveillance Complex in Hawaii.

The award was the outcome of a competitive acquisition with four offers received. The three task orders are expected to be completed by Nov. 3, 2020.

Past laser and optics achievements by AFRL and/or Boeing include:

Photonic Frontiers: Ruggedizing high-energy lasers for the battlefield

Adaptive Optics: Laser beam control takes advantage of advanced wavefront sensing

Adaptive Optics: High-power guidestar lasers are ready for next-generation AO astronomy

AFRL scientists create and fabricate first reflective optical limiter


Sources:

1. Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems

2. http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/713976/source/GovDelivery

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