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Quantum-Based Precision Targeting Project Wins DoD Award

Classical-quantum hybrid solution aims to enable greater precision at longer ranges, lower collateral damage and more agile platforms.

Berenice Baker

June 21, 2023

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The project will research using quantum for precision targeting. Getty

An Army Research Laboratory-led project team has won a $45 million research grant in a Department of Defense (DoD) competition for a proposed investigation into using quantum technology to revolutionize precision weapons.

Known as classical quantum hybrid constructs to advance weapons systems (CLAWS), the proposed solution applies quantum technology to kinetic weapons systems. It aims to enable greater precision at longer ranges, lower collateral damage and more agile platforms.

The Applied Research for Advancement of Science and Technology Priorities (ARAP) program award competition invites research laboratories to submit proposals for research projects in high-priority technology areas. 

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.

“After careful review and evaluation by the (committee), I am delighted to announce we have selected the classical quantum hybrid constructs to Advance Weapons Systems project team for the fiscal year 2024 ARAP Award,” said Science and Technology chair Steven Wax.

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“We look forward to following the progress and accomplishments of the CLAWS effort leading into successful technology transition.”

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. 

The three-year, $45-million project will support DoD scientists and engineers and at least 20 graduate and post-doctoral students.

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Berenice Baker

Editor, Enter Quantum

Berenice is the editor of Enter Quantum, the companion website and exclusive content outlet for The Quantum Computing Summit. Enter Quantum informs quantum computing decision-makers and solutions creators with timely information, business applications and best practice to enable them to adopt the most effective quantum computing solution for their businesses. Berenice has a background in IT and 16 years’ experience as a technology journalist.

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