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Scaling Up: Army Advances 300kW-class Laser Prototype

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (March 3, 2020) -- The Army's newest directed energy weapon is ready to multiply its power.

Solidifying the effort to demonstrate a higher-powered laser to combat a range of threats, in November the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) sponsored a High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative (HELSI) contract award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and completed a critical design effort in support of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability-High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL).

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Virtual Reality

Innovation Day in Austin turns good ideas into prototypes

AUSTIN, Texas (February 27, 2020) -- Established to promote startup technology, the Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, provided the ideal backdrop for the Army’s second Innovation Day last month, which attracted a wide range of capabilities with the goal of accelerating the most promising ideas into prototypes for Soldiers.

Spanning topics as diverse as sensors, autonomy, predictive maintenance, cyber, electronic warfare and quality fueling options, the 38 commercial-style “pitches” heard at Innovation Day on Feb. 11 and 12 were narrowed down from an original list of more than 700 white paper entries. From those presented, 12 will now move forward for concept refinement and possible accelerated contracting to provide prototype capabilities.

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Virtual Reality helps Soldiers shape Army hypersonic weapon prototype

DENVER, Colo. (February 12, 2020) -- In the blink of an eye, a multi-ton truck and trailer flips on its side to reveal what's underneath. Bolted-down equipment moves out of the way in seconds instead of hours. A bird's eye view reveals answers between the slimmest of openings.

Using virtual reality, Soldiers from Fort Sill, Okla. are getting a rare look at components of the Army's new prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and influencing how the system is designed.

Through a mix of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies, Soldiers last month were able to walk around and "touch" the Army's new prototype LRHW system as an interactive, true-to-scale, three-dimensional model.

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News Archives

Army awards hypersonic weapon system contracts - (August 30, 2019)
Hypersonic Contract Award
LTG Thurgood Promotion
Dynetics and Lockheed Martin awarded prized US Army hypersonic weapon contracts - (August 30, 2019)
The U.S. Army Plans To Field the Most Powerful Laser Weapon Yet - (August 7, 2019)
Final hypersonic missile contract awards imminent as Army preps to shoot one in FY21 - (August 7, 2019)
Lasers, Microwaves, Hypersonics & More: Army RCCTO - (August 7, 2019)
Soon to come to the Army: A high-power microwave to take out drone swarms - (August 7, 2019)
New Army Laser Could Kill Cruise Missiles - (August 5, 2019)
Here's when the Army wants 50kW lasers on Strykers - (August 1, 2019)
Army awards laser weapon system contract - (August 1, 2019)
Bring your most innovative ideas, the Army is listening - (July 29, 2019)
Northrop and Raytheon to compete to build laser weapon for short-range air defense - (August 1, 2019)
Big New Army Capabilities Coming Soon - (July 16, 2019)
Laser weapons that pack greater punch coming to Army - (July 17, 2019)
Cyber vs. Drone - (June 7, 2019)
Rapid Gets Rapid-er - (June 25, 2019)
From Sensor to Shooter, Faster - (June 7, 2019)
Partnering for speed: Army rapid prototyping office hosts industry open house - (June 12, 2019)
Army accelerates delivery of directed energy, hypersonic weapon prototypes - (June 7, 2019)
How industry can build better AI for the military - (June 9, 2019)
Army 'On Track' to Field Hypersonic Missiles by 2023 - (June 5, 2019)
Coming Soon to the US Army: Combat-capable hypersonic and laser weapons - (June 4, 2019)
Army Wants Hypersonic Missile Unit by 2023: Lt. Gen. Thurgood - (June 4, 2019)
US Army to conduct flight test of future hypersonic weapons - (June 4, 2019)
Army Close to Picking Firm to Build Hypersonic Weapon, General Says - (June 4, 2019)
Becoming the Bridge - (June 3, 2019)
Joint hypersonic weapon tests to start next year - (May 31, 2019)
Army Moves Out on Lasers, Hypersonics: Lt. Gen. Thurgood - (May 24, 2019)
Army hypersonics and directed energy office to host industry open house - (May 21, 2019)
Funding Kickstart - (May 13, 2019)
Army's first hypersonics director receives his third star - (April 25, 2019)
The Making of a Packard - (April 18, 2019)
Award-winning rapid electronic warfare capability ready for Phase 2 - (April 9, 2019)
Artificial Intelligence improves Soldiers' electronic warfare user interface - (March 18, 2019)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office is getting a new name and mission - (March 13, 2019)
Army integrates artificial intelligence and machine learning for electronic warfare - (December 17, 2018)
Army wins Packard Award for rapid delivery of electronic warfare prototypes - (December 12, 2018)
Army EW in Europe
Army Rapid Capabilities Office embraces new projects, says farewell to its current director - (November 8, 2018)
Head of US Army Rapid Capabilities Office to take top civilian job on the F-35 program - (October 30, 2018)
The Army turns its attention to aerial electronic warfare - (October 23, 2018)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office realigned to focus on top modernization priorities - (October 7, 2018)
Army doubles cannon range in prototype demo - (September 20, 2018)
Industry's role as the Army looks to advanced E-1
AUSA 2017: Warrior's Corner
Army looks to build stronger tactical cyber teams - (September 14, 2018)
Army uses unconventional challenge process to advance data science for electronic warfare - (September 13, 2018)
DARPA, Army & Team Platypus: Big Boosts For Artificial Intelligence - (September 7, 2018)
Cyber Command partners for a cyber prototyping environment - (September 7, 2018)
Can the US military still innovate quickly? - (September 6, 2018)
Army turns to artificial intelligence to counter electronic attacks - (August 29, 2018)
Army announces winners of electronic warfare challenge - (August 27, 2018)
Army contest invites winning innovators to bring AI capabilities to Soldiers - (August 27, 2018)
Charting a New Path - (August 22, 2018)
Army, Air Force team on sensor to shooter prototype for multi-domain battle - (August 9, 2018)
Rapid Results - (July 3, 2018)
Aggressive. Innovative. Fast. - (July 3, 2018)
The Army is bringing new electronic warfare prototypes home - (July 2, 2018)
US Army executes active electronic attack in Europe for first time since Cold War- (June 29, 2018)
Army electronic warfare prototypes reach first CONUS brigade - (June 28, 2018)
In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation - (June 27, 2018)
Gen. Milley is right: The US Army is on the mend - (June 13, 2018)
Long Range, Short Term - (June 12, 2018)
The New Dasa For Acquisition Reform Discusses Her Work With The Task Force Shaping The Futures Command - (June 1, 2018)
Is AI the answer to Army electronic warfare troubles? - (May 30, 2018)
Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office emulating industry advancement of AI- (May 18, 2018)
Special Operators Pursuing New Position, Navigation and Timing Capabilities - (May 17, 2018)
Electronic warfare prototypes improve operational understanding against near-peer threats - (May 10, 2018)
The Army wants help turning down the electronic warfare noise - (April 26, 2018)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office takes on long-range fires projects alongside 3 other priorities - (April 25, 2018)
Up for the challenge? Army wants help in applying AI, machine learning to signal detection(April 24, 2018)
Army teams with SOCOM to conduct urban "burn-off" - (April 4, 2018)
The next Army program executive office will be the Rapid Capabilities Office - (March 26, 2018)
The heat is on: Burn-offs move ideas to the field for assessment - (March 20, 2018)
Emerging technologies cell in Rapid Capabilities Office accelerates disruptive innovation - (March 20, 2018)
Army delivers first electronic warfare weapons to troops in Europe - Federal News Radio (February 9, 2018)
Army units in Europe first to get electronic warfare upgrade - STARS AND STRIPES (February 8, 2018)
U.S. Army's new electronic warfare capabilities hit the ground in Europe - GRAFENWOEHR, Germany (February 6, 2018)
The Army wants ground vehicles to know, show locations in any country, any conditions - (December 19, 2017)
Start the Fire - Army AL&T magazine (November 14, 2017)
Army scouts latest drone technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone event - YBOR CITY, Fla. (November 9, 2017)
Rapid Acquisition for Land Power Dominance
Army Rapid Capabilities Office looks to solve challenges on Korean Peninsula - (October 11, 2017)
User feedback critical for the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office - (October 9, 2017)
Army Weapons Tests on the Fly in Effort to Win Race Against Russia - (October 9, 2017)
Rapid prototyping to help US Army deter Russian aggression in Europe - WASHINGTON (October 3, 2017)
The Power of Prototypes - Army AL&T magazine (September 18, 2017)
Army’s new Rapid Capability Office targets Christmas for first deliverables - Federal News Radio (August 18, 2017)
Army RCO expands scope of mission - Army Times (August 9, 2017)
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail, says head of Army RCO
AWA 17.1
AWA SOF Training
First electronic warfare prototypes from Army's Rapid Capability Office put to test - FORT BLISS, Texas (August 7, 2017)
Meeting Global Demand - Army AL&T magazine (July-September 2017)
Prototypes rapidly deliver cyber capabilities - WASHINGTON (June 20, 2017)
Rapid Capabilities Office Helps Army Evolve Faster - Association of the United States Army (June 7, 2017)
Jam the Russians: Army Electronic Warfare Kit Comes to Europe - Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. (May 03, 2017)
RCO: Electronic Warfare Capability Hits European Soil - WASHINGTON (May 3, 2017)
MG Shoffner Interview with Government Matters
Army Rapid Capabilities Office Begins Delivering on Promises - Scott Maucione, (May 3, 2017)
2CR trains on Enhanced Electronic Warfare Systems - Germany (March 24, 2017)
2CR trains and tests Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Mobile Integrated Capability - Germany (March 23, 2017)
Army Rapid Capabilities Office Seeks to Emulate Special Operations Command - HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 15, 2017)
Getting to Work - Army AL&T magazine (January 11, 2017)
Deter and Defeat - Army AL&T magazine (January 10, 2017)

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