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UTC Provides Imaging Systems for Cirrus Observation Aircraft
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 17, 2015 — UTC Aerospace Systems (part of United Technologies Corp.) will provide imaging systems for the Perception special mission aircraft from Cirrus Aircraft Corp. of Duluth, Minn. UTC's Cloud Cap Technology TASE400 and TASE500 imaging systems provide all-HD imagery, providing operators with improved situational awareness in nearly all weather conditions, a digital imaging chain for maximized processing capability and an optimized lens design for enhanced object recognition. The systems allow...

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Exelis Acquired by Harris in $4.6B Deal
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 10, 2015 — Defense contractor Harris Corp. recently acquired Exelis Inc. of McLean, Va., in a deal worth $4.6 billion. "With about $8 billion in combined pro forma revenue, the acquisition creates significantly greater scale, bringing together two...
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Army Awards $13M Night Vision Contract to Intevac
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 6, 2015 — Intevac Photonics, a division of Intevac Inc., has received a $13 million contract for the production of night vision cameras for the U.S. Army’s Apache Helicopter Pilot Night Vision Sensor program. A follow-on to a $27 million contract...

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Fog Chamber Aims for Better Optics Testing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 19, 2015 — A humid chamber in the desert of New Mexico is designed to help improve the abilities of cameras and sensors to penetrate fog. Sandia National Laboratories recently created the chamber — which is 180 feet long, 10 feet tall and 11 feet...
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Brimrose Wins $1.7M in Grants for Directed-Energy Research, Spectral Sensor Development
SPARKS, Md., June 15, 2015 — Brimrose Technology Corp. has been awarded $1.7 million in grants for development of a spectral sensor and optics for a directed-energy device. The grants were awarded under Phase II of the federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)...

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Lockheed Wins $24M in Navy Contracts for Laser-Guided Training Rounds
ARCHBALD, Pa., June 9, 2015 — The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. $24.2 million in contracts to produce enhanced laser-guided training rounds (ELGTR), a cost-effective alternative to using operational laser-guided bombs (LGB) during training. ELGTRs emulate the...
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OmniVision Profits, Revenues Dip in 2015
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2015 — Image sensor firm OmniVision Technologies Inc. reported small declines in profits and revenues in fiscal 2015. Net income for the fiscal year, which ended April 30, was $93.4 million, or $1.57 per diluted share. That's a decrease of 1.7...

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European Projects to Develop Next-Generation CMOS Imagers
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 28, 2015 — Multiple European companies and institutions are taking part in two new projects aimed at developing the next generation of CMOS image sensors. Both projects involve, from the Netherlands, Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV, Grass Valley...
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L-3 KEO to Upgrade Submarine Periscopes under $48.7M Navy Contract
NORTHAMPTON, Mass., May 26, 2015 — The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded L-3 KEO (an L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. company) a $48.7 million contract to develop and build a new, slimmer version of its photonics mast, or periscope, for use on Virginia-class...

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Meyers Named Sales Director for Raman Products at Ondax
MONROVIA, Calif., May 20, 2015 — Chris Meyers has been named director of sales for Raman products at Ondax Inc. He will be responsible for all Raman product field sales activity for the North American region. Meyers has 26 years of experience selling instrumentation in the...
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SPIE, OSA Call for Community Input on Proposed ITAR Changes
BELLINGHAM, Wash., May 5, 2015 — The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are calling on members to make their voices heard as the U.S. government weighs new export regulations. The Commerce Department today opened a 60-day...

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Collaboration to Develop QCL Threat-Detection Systems with €3.35M EC Grant
GLASGOW, Scotland, May 5, 2015 — A group of European companies and researchers, including laser experts and law enforcement agencies, will collaborate on a €3.35 million European Commission-funded project to develop photonic systems to detect explosives and hazardous...
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Meprolight, Rolta to Develop Imaging Optronics for Indian Defense Forces
OR-AKIVA, Israel, May 4, 2015 — Meprolight Ltd. is seeking to establish a joint venture with defense contractor Rolta India Ltd. of Mumbai to develop optronic devices based on image intensifier and thermal imaging technologies for India's defense and security forces. Still...

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Kopin Receives Orders Worth $1.8M for Fighter Jet HMDs
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., April 27, 2015 — Kopin Corp. Inc. has received follow-on production orders worth $1.8 million from Rockwell Collins Inc. for high-brightness LCD SXGA displays for helmet-mounted display (HMDs) worn by F-35 fighter pilots. The SXGA displays are based...
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Fluorescent Ink Proposed as Anticounterfeiting Tool
EVANSTON, Ill., April 24, 2015 — Fluorescent inks could one day be used in multicolored barcodes to authenticate frequently counterfeited products. Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, the inks are invisible under normal light but reveal themselves under UV...

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Edmund Optics Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Defense Contract for IR Smart Sensors
BARRINGTON, N.J., April 16, 2015 — Edmund Optics Inc. said it has received a multimillion-dollar defense-related contract for custom optical components supporting a smart sensors system. "We see positive response to new investments in IR molding and diffractive optics...
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L-3 Beam Director to Aid Canadian Defense R&D
PITTSBURGH, April 15, 2015 — L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Brashear has provided Defence Research and Development Canada with a high-energy laser (HEL) beam director (BD) to enhance the government agency's mobile characterization and development laboratory. Designed for...

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Australian Military Tests Laser-Guided Missiles
NASHUA, N.H., April 13, 2015 — Laser-based missile guidance systems scored 10 out of 10 hits in recent testing aboard an Australian military helicopter, according to developer BAE Systems Inc. A photo illustration of an APKWS rocket being fired from an Airbus Tiger armed...
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Vision Engineering, RSS Logistics Chosen as Navy Prime Contractors
ORLANDO, Fla., April 10, 2015 — Two client companies of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program have been selected as prime contractors in a highly secure online community of U.S. businesses qualified to service Navy and Marine Corps programs. ...

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First Light Imaging Wins EC Grant to Develop IR Camera
MEYREUIL, France, April 8, 2015 — First Light Imaging SAS will use a grant from the European Commission to finalize development of an ultrafast, low-noise IR camera for use in astronomy, medical imagery, industry and defense. The company is one of six small and medium French...
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Elbit to Provide HMDs for Navy Helicopters
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 2, 2015 — Elbit Systems of America LLC will install and test its Color Helmet Display and Tracking System (CHDTS) on U.S. Navy helicopters under a contract from Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Inc.   The program is part of an...

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Reinvented Optical Gyroscope Smaller, More Sensitive
NEW YORK, April 2, 2015 — A new spin on optical gyroscope technology could allow the devices, which are crucial to satellite and rocket guidance, to increase in sensitivity while shrinking to about 10 μm in size. Researchers at the City University of New York (CUNY)...
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Canadian Military Helicopters to Carry Northrop Grumman IR Countermeasures Systems
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 26, 2015 — The Royal Canadian Air Force has chosen Northrop Grumman Corp. to provide IR missile protection on its fleet of CH-147F Chinook helicopters. The latest generation of the company’s directional IR countermeasures (DIRCM) system protects...

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Squid Skin Inspires IR Camouflage Tape (with video)
IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2015 — A protein derived from squid skin could be adapted into a kind of IR camouflage for soldiers. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have developed an adhesive film that, when stretched, reflects near-infrared light. Future...
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Marines Award Elbit $73.4M Contract for Laser Rangefinders
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23, 2015 — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America LLC a $73.4 million contract for laser rangefinder technology. The Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability (CLRF-IC) replaces the Marines’ current equipment with a system...






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