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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Huntsville company awarded defense contract

The Boeing Company of Huntsville is being awarded a $23,654,354 task order #0002 Phase IB under a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery order contract for the critical design of a 100-kW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device which can be used to demonstrate scaleability of the necessary FEL physics and engineering for an eventual MW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device.

Under this effort, this Navy FEL Innovative Naval Prototype (INP) Program will encompass the transition from a demonstrated 14 kW FEL capability, currently at hand, to a weapon class 100-kW class capability.

This 100 kW FEL effort is intended to provide the physics and engineering information needed to support a MW class FEL device development. The desired outcome of this effort is to transfer laboratory capability to Industry and to assess potential industrial roles in supporting the procurement program for FEL weapon systems.

The Navy also wishes to gain insight into industry's longer term interest in participating in the follow-on integration, at a government test facility, or elsewhere, of the FEL device into a complete naval weapon system test bed to validate the concept for shipboard use.

Work will be performed in Albuquerque, N.M. (45 percent); Medford, N.Y. (20 percent) and various government labs and subcontractor locations (35 percent), and work is expected to be completed Dec. 3, 2011.

Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity.

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