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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 the Chinook and its crew by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it's a threat, and activating a high-intensity laser to track and shoot down the missile. Developed by Northrop Grumman and Selex ES, the systems are...

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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...

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OLED Microdisplay Contracts Buoyed eMagin Revenues in 2014
HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y., March 18, 2015 — Organic LED microdisplays firm eMagin Corp. decreased its losses in 2014 as it forged ahead with new products and contracts. The company reported a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, an improvement over the net loss of...
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Compact Imaging, IPIC to Commercialize OCT Biosensor
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 17, 2015 — Compact Imaging Inc. has teamed up with the Irish Photonic Integration Center (IPIC) to bring compact optical biosensor technology to the market. The company said its benchtop prototype MRO (multiple reference optical coherence tomography)...

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Kopin Losses Mount as Wearables Market Shifts
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 12, 2015 — Completing a year in which it worked to reinvent itself, microdisplays firm Kopin Corp. reported a net loss of 28.2 million in 2014, compared to a net loss of $4.7 million the year before. Full-year revenues, however, were $31.8 million, up...
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LaserMax Chooses New Sales Directors, Coordinator for Marketing, Training
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 9, 2015 — LaserMax, a producer of laser sighting and illumination tools for firearms, has hired three new people for its sales and marketing teams. Shari-Lynn Fix is the new director of distribution and international sales, Chris Gray has been named...

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Kopin Names VP for Defense Business Development, Unveils New Manufacturing Process
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 6, 2015 — Wearable technologies firm Kopin Corp. has named Bill Maffucci vice president of business development. He will focus on emerging applications in the defense market. Maffucci has more than 35 years of experience working with defense...
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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Field Test
BETHESDA, Md., March 5, 2015 — Operating at the highest power ever documented for a system of its type, a laser weapon under development by Lockheed Martin disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field test. The 30-kW ground-based prototype, called ATHENA...

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Phase Encoding, Photon Counting Yield Secure QR Codes
STORRS, Conn., March 4, 2015 — Microscale QR codes coupled with optical phase and photon-counting encryption could be used to protect the integrity of microchips used in the most sensitive applications. QR, or Quick Response, codes — those black and white boxes...
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IR Drone Camera Provides Bird's-Eye View of Rochester at Night (with video)
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2015 — Flying 15,000 feet over downtown Rochester at night, a midwave-infrared (MWIR) sensor from Exelis captured in detail the movements of cars and pedestrians. The company’s CorvusEye 1500 system captures high-resolution visible...

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Adimec Names Dual CEOs
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Feb. 6, 2015 — Industrial camera company Adimec has promoted Chief Marketing Officer Dr. Joost van Kuijk and Chief Financial Officer Alex de Boer to serve cooperatively as chief executives. De Boer will run the financial and operational side of Adimec,...
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Northrop Grumman Supplies Laser Mine Detection Systems to Navy
BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2015 — The U.S. Navy has contracted Northrop Grumman Corp. for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). Mounted on the MH-60S helicopter, the ALMDS detects and geo-locates mine-like objects over sea...

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Strong Fourth Quarter Keeps Jenoptik on Track
JENA, Germany, Jan. 29, 2015 — The Jenoptik Group said it is looking forward to a jump in revenues in the new year after ending 2014 with sales and earnings down slightly. The company’s preliminary numbers place earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) at more...
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Elbit to Supply Laser Missile-Defense Systems to Asian Military
HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 20, 2015 — Elbit Systems Ltd. said it will provide an Asian country’s military with laser missile-defense systems for Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s MUSIC directed IR countermeasures systems are already used on Israeli commercial...

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Elbit Wins $54M Israeli Defense Ministry Contract
HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 14, 2015 — Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded contracts by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to supply and maintain advanced electro-optics systems over a six-year period for approximately $54 million. Elbit is a defense electronics company that...
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LaserMax Names New Chief Sales Officer
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2015 — Chris Tinkle has joined LaserMax as chief sales officer. With 25 years of executive management experience, Tinkle is responsible for building and managing all aspects of the organization’s sales and marketing. Prior to...

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Flir Gets $27M Order for Threat Detection Systems
WILSONVILLE, Ore., Dec. 29, 2014 — Flir Systems Inc. has received a $27.1 million order for its integrated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) threat response system under a five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The systems...
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Smaller, Faster Lidar Could Map Seafloor from Aerial Drones
ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2014 — A lidar system light enough to fly on a drone and fast enough to process highly distorted signals in real time could enhance underwater mapping and security. Firing a high-power green laser 10,000th of a second, a prototype built at the...

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Northrop Grumman Receives $116M for Military Equipment Upgrades
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Nov. 20, 2014 — The U.S. military has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $116 million contract to upgrade the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Advanced Targeting Systems. Under the contract, Northrop will provide upgrades and spares to the Air Force, Air Force Reserve,...
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Elbit to Supply Missile Defense Systems for German Military Aircraft
HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 17, 2014 — Elbit Systems will provide multispectral directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems for the German Air Force’s Airbus A400 aircraft under a one-year contract with Diehl BGT Defense. The J-MUSIC system fires a laser at an...

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Optex Systems Acquires L-3’s Applied Optics Center for $1M
RICHARDSON, Texas, Nov. 17, 2014 — Seeking to branch out beyond military contracts, Optex Systems has acquired Applied Optics Center, formerly a division of L-3 Communications, for $1,013,053. Applied Optics Center designs and manufactures complex thin-film coatings and...
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Revenues Down for Elbit Systems
HAIFA, Israel, Nov. 14, 2014 — Unfavorable exchange rates deflated earnings and revenues for defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. Revenues in the third quarter of 2014 were $722.7 million, down 1.1 percent from $730.6 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net income was...

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Elbit Subsidiary to Upgrade Air Force HUDs Under $29M Contract
TALLADEGA, Ala., Nov. 11, 2014 — Elbit Systems of America Co. has received a five-year, $29 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for logistics support of head-up display (HUD) electric module assemblies for F-16 fighter jets. The contract will be performed by subsidiary...
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Canada to Foster Quantum Photonics Collaborations
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 7, 2014 — Canada’s National Research Council has set out on a mission to foster development of next-generation photonic sensors and quantum encryption systems. The Quantum Photonic Sensing and Security program is aimed at forming partnerships...






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