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DRS Technologies Awarded U.S. Defense Contract

Photonics.com
Jun 2016
ARLINGTON, Va., June 7, 2016 — Defense contractor DRS Technologies has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to enhance performance of the company’s ultrasmall pixel IR focal plane arrays (FPA) under the agency’s Lambda Scale Program.

The Lambda Scale program is focused on the ground-breaking reduction in traditional IR detector pixel pitches to help reduce the size, weight and power of aircraft imaging systems, including handheld sights and distributed aviation sensors for situational awareness.

“This new process opens the door to revolutionary advances in the design of IR imaging systems of the future,” said Shawn Black, vice president and general manager of IR sensors and systems at DRS. “These are substantial improvements in IR sensor capability for mission-critical applications such as the degraded visual environments that helicopters experience, where image quality and clarity could prove to be critical to the safety of our helicopter pilots and crew members."

DRS develops integrated products and services for military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors.



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camera
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
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