Raytheon, an RTX business, has won a contract to design and demonstrate airborne optical energy relays under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program meant to enhance energy distribution and performance in military vehicles.
The company will specifically support the Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay Program as part of the $10 million cost-plus-fixed-fee award, the Department of Defense said Friday.
POWER seeks to develop relays vital for linking ground lasers with efficient high-altitude transmission and enabling future multi-path wireless energy networks.
DOD noted Raytheon will conduct 83 percent of work in California, 12 percent in New Mexico and the remaining five percent in Washington. Efforts will run through May 13, 2025.
An initial $700,000 from fiscal 2023 advanced research funds are being obligated at the time of award.