FY98 Program Element Descriptive Summaries / RDDS

0605605A DOD High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF)

COST (In Thousands) FY 1996 Actual FY 1997 Estimate FY 1998 Estimate FY 1999 Estimate FY 2000 Estimate FY 2001 Estimate FY 2002 Estimate FY 2003 Estimate Cost to Complete Total Cost
DE97 DoD High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF) 33231 29974 14952 14976 14952 14938 14924 14943 Continuing Continuing


A. Mission Description and Budget Item Justification - Project DE97 DoD High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility (HELSTF): The HELSTF provides a broad based high energy laser (HEL) RDTE capability at White Sands Missile Range, NM in support of Tri-Service HEL research and development and damage, vulnerability, and lethality laser testing. The HELSTF's laser development support capabilities include a certified laser test range, a fully integrated laser support facility, an extensive array of fully instrumented test sites and the Sea Lite Beam Director (SLBD). This multiple use facility supports testing of laser effects for targets ranging from scaled laboratory up through full scale flying target tests. Test facility support operations are required for general research and development; therefore, this PE is appropriate for inclusion in Budget Activity 6.

FY 1996 Accomplishments:
23737 Performed required site operations and maintenance activities.
4747 Joint US/Israeli Nautilus Program
4747 Joint US/Israeli Tactical High Energy Laser (THEL) Program.
Total 33231


FY 1997 Planned Program:
23555 Provide funding to perform required site operations and maintenance activities to maintain laser system testing infrastructure.
5730 Solid State Laser.
689 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs.
Total 29974


FY 1998 Planned Program:
9952 Perform Operation and Maintenance and base operations support functions in support of the Army, Department of Defense and other agencies conducting high energy laser systems concept development studies and test and evaluation on candidate high energy laser weapons systems.
5000 Provide operations and maintenance for organic high energy laser systems and associated optical trains. Provide the means to conduct ballistic missile signature information gathering and data collection on ballistic missile defense systems tests conducted at White Sands Missile Range.
Total 14952




FY 1999 Planned Program:
9976 Perform Operation and Maintenance and base operations support functions in support of the Army, Department of Defense and other agencies conducting high energy laser systems concept development studies and test and evaluation on candidate high energy laser weapons systems.
5000 Operations, maintenance and upgrades on organic high energy lasers and associated optical trains. Support ballistic missile defense signature data collection efforts.
Total 14976


NOTE: Effective FY 1997 the Nautilus/THEL program transfers to PE 0603308A.

B. Project Change Summary FY 1996 FY 1997 FY 1998 FY 1999
FY 1997 President's Budget 34043 2967 0 0
Appropriated Value 35000 29974
Adjustments to Appropriated Value -1769
FY 1998 Pres Bud Request 33231 29974 14952 14976


Change Summary Explanation: FY1997 - Congressional Increase for minimum HELSTF operations and Solid State Laser.

FY 1998/1999 - Army restored funding to provide for minimum essential operations and maintenance of HELSTF.