Boeing was awarded a $2.5 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps to sustain the service’s Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) units. The five-year contract includes maintenance services for the Boeing-built CLWS units defending against hostile unmanned aerial systems in theater. Each CLWS unit is equipped with a best-in-class beam director and acquisition, tracking and pointing software to deliver precision protection.
“We’re honored to continue our partnership with the Marine Corps,” said Kurt Sorenson, Boeing program manager for CLWS. “This will ensure that their systems continue to operate at the highest levels in defense of our warfighters.”
Boeing recently increased the maximum beam power and reliability of the CLWS units â€“ providing enhanced protection against larger and more numerous threats at greater range, as well as enabling them to defeat threats more quickly and efficiently. Boeing’s CLWS is a modular, high energy laser system that provides proven air defense capabilities against unmanned aircraft systems. Currently deployed in theater with a track record of more than 300 drones defeated in dozens of demonstrations, scenarios and environments.
CLWS’ versatile design enables it to be transported and operated by a single warfighter and configured for mobile use on an array of combat vehicles â€“ providing superior flexibility to support readiness in any environment. Boeing has more than 40 years of innovation and experience building directed energy systems, and has produced laser weapons for use in the air, on land and at sea.