Northrop Grumman Looking To Offer Laser Weapon Capability For Army?s Short-Range Air Defense

Northrop Grumman?will offer the U.S. Army a weapons platform, including a laser of undisclosed strength, hoping to satisfy the service’s need for a short-range air defense (SHORAD) system that can knock helicopters and drones from the sky.

The Army is readying a potential proposal request by the beginning of 2022, company officials said?Monday.

The company is currently set to deliver the command and control (C2) capability for the Army?s interim maneuver (IM) SHORAD, planned to field in 2022, and said it is interested in providing a weapons package for the eventual objective maneuver (OM) SHORAD the service wants by 2030.