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MRC Optics to Provide US Army Tank Replacement Mirrors

Photonics.com
May 2007
MRC Optics of Sarasota, Fla., has been awarded a multiyear contract to provide precision metal optical mirrors for the M1A1 Abrams tank fire-control electro-optical suite, MRC Optics' parent company, Northvale, N.J.-based Photonic Products Group, announced yesterday. The contract from the US Army Tank Automotive & Armaments Command in Rock Island, Ill., will pay $660,000 for first-year deliveries, with options for additional releases over the next three years. MRC Optics will also receive $240,000 this summer from the US Army's Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Ala., to refurbish existing M1A1 tank mirrors under a continuing contract.



GLOSSARY
mirror
A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved if wanting to focus and or magnify the image formed by the mirror. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
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