VTG wins contract to install counter-UAS laser on additional US ships
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VTG wins contract to install counter-UAS laser on additional US ships

22 Jul 2021 (Last Updated July 22nd, 2021 17:29)

The company will install and integrate the directed energy weapon aboard five US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

VTG wins contract to install counter-UAS laser on additional US ships
The ODIN laser has been installed on Arleigh Burke-class destroyer on USS Spruance (DDG 111). Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael K. McNabb.

Digital transformation solutions provider VTG has secured a prime, single-award contract from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD).

The contract will see VTG equip additional US ships with a new laser designed to counter threats from uncrewed aerial systems (UAS).

The company will install and integrate the directed energy weapon AN/SEQ-4 Optical Dazzler Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) on five US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.

VTG president and CEO John Hassoun said: “Our team is honoured to support NSWC-PHD in integrating this innovative defensive technology into the fleet.

“The ODIN laser represents a significant advancement for the navy in addressing asymmetric threats and protecting our sailors. Delivering next-generation capabilities to our warfighters is something we’re passionate about.

“VTG’s depth of expertise with ODIN, together with our skilled fleet modernisation team, cutting-edge manufacturing and prototyping capabilities, and long-term legacy of support to the Navy, makes us uniquely qualified to perform this mission critical work.”

Last year, VTG successfully integrated the ODIN laser on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) under a separate sole-source contract.

With this integration, VTG completed both projects on schedule and within budget.

ODIN is a member of the Navy Laser Family of Systems.

This laser is used to counter adversary drone/UAS-mounted intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

Being developed by the government at NSWC Dahlgren Division, ODIN laser is rapidly fielded to meet an emergency fleet need.

The ODIN laser will be deployed on surface combatants to counter asymmetric threats and to provide a scalable response for escalation of force.

In the past ten years, VTG has upgraded a total of 240 different surface ships, submarines and aircraft carriers.

In March, VTG started work on a three-year contract to support US Navy’s Digital Integration Support Cell (DISC) programme.