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Pentagon Multi-Service Team wins US$45 Million ARAP grant to pursue Quantum-based precision targeting

A US Army Research Laboratory-led project team investigating quantum constructs to revolutionize precision weapons has been named winner of the US$45 million 2024 Applied Research for Advancement of Science and Technology Priorities, or ARAP, program award, the US Department of Defense has announced.

The US Army Research Laboratory, under the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, collaborated with the Naval Research Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory to submit the winning CLassical quantum hybrid constructs to Advance Weapons Systems (CLAWS) proposal. The project team will advance quantum technology applications to kinetic weapons systems, enabling greater precision at longer range, lower collateral damage, and more agile platforms.

Quantum science is one of six Advanced Capabilities identified for joint R&D and acquisition under AUKUS Pillar 2.

The three-year project will support scientists and engineers across DOD and at least 20 new graduate and post-doctoral students who participate through the Department’s science and technology research laboratories’ academic partners.

To participate in the annual competition, the Department’s Science and Technology Communities of Interest and research laboratories submit proposals for research projects in high-priority technology areas.

The Pentagon’s Science and Technology Executive Committee, which includes representatives from each of the Services and the Defense Agencies, evaluates ARAP proposals against specific criteria. The winners were chosen based on specific measures including eligibility for applied research funding, ability to address a specific technology or capability gap, capacity to enhance collaboration across DOD, presentation of a realistic program management plan, and demonstration of a clear pathway from research to product fielding.

In total, the committee received nine submissions for this year’s award competition and selected three teams as finalists. Each finalist team briefed the committee on its proposal.

“We look forward to following the progress and accomplishments of the CLAWS effort leading into successful technology transition,” said Science and Technology Chair Dr. Steven Wax, who is also acting deputy chief technology officer for science and technology in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

The winning team, comprised of representatives from multiple military Services, will partner with academia and industry in a multidisciplinary effort to develop emerging technologies into disruptive capabilities in areas including imaging, positioning, navigation, and timing, and quantum.

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