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  • Thales Wins Laser Contract
Jun 2007
COLOMBES, France, June 13, 2007 -- The French defense procurement agency (Délégation Générale pour l'Armement, or DGA) has selected Thales to lead an advanced research project on new laser sources for military applications, the aerospace and defense contractor announced. The five-year contract, in effect since January, is worth close to €11 million (about $14.6 million).

The procurement agency launched a competitive bidding process in 2006 and this year chose a consortium of Thales research teams working with France-based fiber laser maker Manlight, Thales said.

The study will lay the groundwork for developing laser sources for jamming, target designation/range finding and active imaging systems and will include these militarized low-energy lasers: band I laser for detection and jamming of pointed optics, and new band III technologies for land forces applications; target designation/range finding laser for airborne systems; airborne laser system for active imaging; new multifunction laser combining target designation/range finding with active imaging; and a new active imaging laser for missile seekers.

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fiber laser
A laser in which the lasing medium is an optical fiber doped with low levels of rare-earth halides to make it capable of amplifying light. Output is tunable over a broad range and can be broadband. Laser diodes can be used for pumping because of the fiber laser's low threshold power, eliminating the need for cooling.
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...
1. The anode or anticathode of an x-ray tube that emits x-rays when bombarded by electrons. 2. The screen in a television imaging tube that is scanned by an electron beam to determine the charge-density stored on it.
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