Directed Energy


The Kord Edge.

Kord possesses a unique, industry-leading collection of Directed Energy subject matter experts with extensive backgrounds in directed energy, electro-optics, software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, predictive avoidance, systems engineering and integration.

 
Hostile events witnessed throughout the world display real-world threats around practically every corner. With the proliferation of low-cost-yet-capable small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) throughout the world, the U.S. Government and military needs a sophisticated means of identify, classify, and destroy any threat with hostile intent. Senior U.S. military leadership has expressed an urgent need to field a system to accurately counter these threats at a lower cost per shot to eliminate a documented deficiency that has resulted in casualties. Laser Weapon Systems can address these threats with graduated lethality, while dramatically reducing the cost exchange of defeating these threats relative to conventional kinetic weapons.
Continued technological innovations in Directed Energy Systems (DES) are of increasing interest to the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security. DES offer new and promising innovations that will keep the U.S. ahead of the power curve on the modern battlefield, whether against near-peer nations or in the fight against non-state actors. Direct Energy Systems provide the Warfighter with the ability to engage a target at the speed of light and produce scalable effects from temporary to permanent, thereby reducing the possibility of collateral damage. They also provide a relatively unlimited number of low-cost shots, constrained only by the fuel supply of the platform, which greatly reduce the logistics tail and associated cost.

Our Approach

Kord possesses a unique, industry-leading collection of Directed Energy subject matter experts with extensive backgrounds in directed energy, electro-optics, software engineering, artificial intelligence/machine learning, predictive avoidance, systems engineering and integration. Kord's Directed Energy Team has been built and honed during the past five years as we have led the US Army's effort to develop its first fieldable High Energy Laser (HEL) weapon system. The effort will ultimately result in the fielding of the Directed Energy-Maneuver Short Range Air Defense (DE-MSHORAD) system designed to defeat Unmanned Aerial Systems; Rocket, Artillery, and Mortars; and rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. In addition to the development and integration of Directed Energy Systems, Kord has extensive training experience that is unparalleled in industry. This capability is highlighted by the fact that Kord Directed Energy Systems own a long list of "firsts" as shown below.

  • 1st Army soldier-operated HEL to shoot down a drone flying above and below horizon.
  • 1st Army HEL system to demonstrate on-the-move drone engagements.
  • 1st Army soldier-operated HEL to participate in a joint warfighter assessment.
  • 1st HEL weapon to demonstrate dual operator, dual tracking fusion for integrated aim-point adjustment and target hand-off.

 
Kord also operates a Directed Energy Center of Excellence facility that provides enhanced Directed Energy System design, fabrication, assembly, and indoor test capabilities. The facility includes a state-of-the-art 3,000 sq-ft Directed Energy Lab and cleanroom that supports a wide range of development and testing operations. In addition to the lab, the facility provides 11,000 sq-ft of high bay space that includes a 10-ton double girder overhead crane capability. The high bay is also equipped with advanced electrical support systems throughout, indoor High Energy Laser test and verification ranges, industrial exhaust removal system, and a full compliment of other assembly-support equipment.

Where We Are Going

As Multi-Domain Battle concepts develop, Kord synchronizes the evolution of technology, doctrine, and battlefield lessons-learned to support current and future defense technology needs. For strategic defense, Kord is committed to helping develop robust homeland defense kill vehicles to protect critical assets around the world. The bottom line: We support the current fight while preparing for the next.

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