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Lockheed Martin Awarded $8.7M for Mast Sensor System

Photonics.com
Jan 2007
BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 29, 2007 -- Lockheed Martin announced today it received an $8.7 million contract to develop a low-profile mast sensor system for the US Navy's Virginia Class submarines. The system will help submarine crews observe without being detected in shallow water operations.

The advanced electro-optical system -- which integrates a compact periscope mast, an electronic support measures system and an advanced imaging system -- will be designed so it can be temporarily installed on a submarine for a specific mission and removed afterwards. The system will be delivered to the Navy in 2008.

Lockheed Martin's facility in Syracuse, N.Y, will develop the sensor system. Industry partners include periscope maker Kollmorgen Electro-Optical of Northampton, Mass.; electronic warfare components maker ArgonST of Fairfax, Va.; and Optics 1 of Manchester, N.H., which will provide advanced image sensor engineering.

If all options are exercised, the total contract value could reach $70 million.

For more information, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com


GLOSSARY
periscope
An optical instrument designed to displace the line of sight in a vertical direction. For submarines and other military uses the periscope is a long tube containing prisms at both ends and intervening imaging and relaying lenses. Several anatomical inspection devices such as cystoscopes, laryngoscopes and otoscopes use similar optical systems, though on a minuscule scale.  
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...
sensor
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
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