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November 28, 2023

nLIGHT

nLIGHT, a provider of high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers, has received a $34.5 million contract award that will be executed over approximately 18 months to provide a High Energy Laser in support of the U.S. Army's Rapid Capabilities Critical Technologies Office Directed Energy Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (DE M-SHORAD) prototyping effort. nLIGHT is serving as a subcontractor to KORD Technologies, prime contractor in support of this effort. DE M-SHORAD is a component of the U.S. Army's broader modernization strategy for air and missile defense and focuses on integrating a 50kW-class laser weapon system onto a Stryker combat vehicle to provide defensive capabilities against unmanned aircraft systems; rockets, artillery, and mortar; and rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. Compared to conventional heavy kinetic weapons, directed energy laser weapons can offer deeper magazines with lower cost-per-shot in a smaller footprint. Jeff Barchers is the president of nLIGHT DEFENSE Systems. nLIGHT is headquartered in Camas, Washington, and has defense operations in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.




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