Missile Defense Agency wants laser-armed drone by 2023

On June 13, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) posted a business solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities website for a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a sufficient payload capacity for a high energy laser system designed for boost phase intercept (BPI) of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in the 2023 timeframe. The solicitation reads, “The results of this RFI [request for information] will inform future program options for maturing BPI technology and capability following the current Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) effort.”

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Missile Defense Agency seeking high-flying drone for “Airborne Laser 2.0”, The Drive
MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role”, Jane’s 360
High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft”, Federal Business Opportunities

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