Air Force Research Laboratory

Army Signs Verus Research for EW and Directed-Energy Simulation

Oct. 5, 2020
U.S. Army funding is fueling Verus Research's exploration of directed energy and EW weapons based on high-power electromagnetic energy sources.

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation has contracted advanced research specialists Verus Research to a four-year plan for simulation, training, and instrumentation in directed energy and electronic warfare (EW). Worth $23.4 million, the contract will be conducted at Verus’s facility in Albuquerque, NM and in collaboration with the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and General Atomics (San Diego, CA).

Concerning the four-year Test and Evaluation Non-Kinetic (TEN-K) contract, Hank Andrews, managing director and chief financial officer (CFO) for Verus Research, explained: “We are honored to receive the third and final delivery order under the TEN-K contract to help provide top-of-the-line technologies for our military.” He added: “The contract will further our work in developing innovative non-kinetic test and evaluation capabilities, an area of increasing prominence in the defense community.  We will also establish innovative solutions for military defense against unmanned aerial vehicles that pose a threat to friendly forces or facilities.”

A great deal of the research will be focused on the use of high-power-microwave (HPM) energy beams and HPM defense systems to intercept unmanned aerial systems (see the figure, which shows the tactical high-power operational responder (THOR), a counter-drone HPM directed-energy weapon developed with U.S. Air Force funding). The work will leverage the organization’s previous research on RF sensors and using those sensors to provide instantaneous to HPM system operators on the ground. Some of the research is meant to provide the U. S. Navy with two HPM test systems. As Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, chief technology officer for Verus Research, noted: “The scope, breadth, and depth of these varied technology developments are a testament to the richness and quality of the diverse technical capabilities that our team has established.” Verus Research explores diverse uses for electromagnetic (EM) and lasers, offering services in modeling and testing. Its clients include defense contractors and the armed forces as well as national laboratories. 

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