Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production-Line High-Power, Solid-State Laser to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory At Kirtland AFB


Vesta II, a standalone, compact high-energy laser from Northrop Grumman

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 29, 2008 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered a compact, standalone, 15kW high-power, solid-state laser developed for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

Called Vesta II, the laser was a sole source add-on to the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program contract and leverages Northrop Grumman’s scalable technology architecture.

The transportable, push-button laser is a reproducible product that takes advantage of compactness to broaden the potential range of uses by military services. The reduced size, long run time, high beam quality and power level allow for a wide range of use, compared with other military lasers being developed. The modular design enables manufacturing repeatability at Northrop Grumman’s laser factory, in turn enhancing reliability and affordability.

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