A prototype Phaser high power microwave system for the Air Force

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Raytheon's Phaser weapon uses a technique known as high-power microwave (HPM) to knock drones out of the sky with a single pulse of energy.

Raytheon Co. Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a $16,289,702 agreement for one prototype Phaser high power microwave system. This agreement provides for outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) field assessment for purposes of experimentation. Experimentation includes, but is not limited to 12 months of in-field operation by Air Force personnel against unmanned aerial systems threats.

In addition, experimentation includes but is not limited to operator training, in theater maintenance of systems while collecting availability (full mission capable, partial mission capable, non-mission capable), reliability, maintainability and supportability data, and system operation against real-world or simulated hostile vignettes without disrupting other necessary installation operations.

The location of performance is OCONUS and is expected to be completed by Dec. 20, 2020. This award is the result of a sole source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $16,289,702 are being obligated at the time of award

Source U.S Department of Defense – Contracts for Sept. 23, 2019 https://www.defense.gov/

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