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Advanced Photonix Wins Contract

Photonics.com
Aug 2005
CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 30 -- Advanced Photonix Inc., a manufacturer of optoelectronic devices for the telecommunication, military/aerospace, industrial sensing, medical and homeland security markets, announced today that it has been awarded a contract from a major US Army defense contractor in excess of $1 million for the detector assembly in support of the tube-launched, optical-tracked, wire command-link guided (TOW) missile. The one-year contract will commence shipping in the third quarter of 2006.


The TOW missile being launched. (Photo: US Army)
The TOW missile system is mounted on various platforms including the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the improved TOW vehicle, the Humvee and the AH-1F Cobra helicopter. In addition, it can be operated in a dismounted ground mode. The TOW missile is guided to its target by the gunner keeping the crosshairs on the target. Corrective information is sent to the missile by two thin wires that deploy in flight.

For more information, visit: www.advancedphotonix.com; more information on the TOW system can be found at www.army.mil/fact_files_site/tow/.



GLOSSARY
detector
1. A device designed to convert the energy of incident radiation into another form for the determination of the presence of the radiation. The device may function by electrical, photographic or visual means. 2. A device that provides an electric output that is a useful measure of the radiation that is incident on the device.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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