Parsons’ subsidiary Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems has completed the critical design review (CDR) for the US Navy’s innovative directed energy system.

The milestone was achieved in February this year.

Following the successful completion of CDR, the company will now focus on putting together the entire prototype.

Prior to entering full operations, the system will undergo an operational utility assessment aboard an operational interdiction platform.

The advanced sensor cued directed energy system uses high-power microwaves (HPM) to target, acquire, track and disable identified adversary systems.

Parsons mission solutions sector integration and production senior vice-president James Lackey said: “The system is purpose-designed to deliver enhanced directed energy capabilities in harsh above deck environments that are routine for interdiction vessels.

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“We look forward to working with our customers to continue developing innovative technology suited to their mission needs and future requirements.”

The new system will help the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security to safely disable non-compliant small boats during various maritime operations.

Polaris Alpha Advanced Systems received a five-year contract to design and develop a HPM directed energy system for maritime interdiction.

The $11.6m single-award other transaction authority (OTA) contract was awarded by the Naval Surface Technology & Innovation Consortium (NSTIC).

NSTIC aims to provide innovative technological solutions to deal with security threats in surface and maritime environments.

The US Navy, under the OTA, funds the efforts of consortium members to develop and prototype innovative technologies. The consortium comprises of academic institutions, small and large businesses to improve naval capabilities.