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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, Air National Guard and Marine Corps. It will bring all Air Force Block 1 pods to the G4 configuration, completing the service’s transition to the latest version of the LITENING system. The AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING is a self-contained,...

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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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Laser-Guided Rocket System Tested by Australian Military
NASHUA, N.H., Oct. 13, 2014 — BAE Systems said its semi-active laser-guide rocket system could be adopted by the Australian Defence Forces following recent testing. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System scored direct hits in each of seven live-fire exercises held in...

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Advanced Photonix Awarded $1.6M Navy Contract
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 16, 2014 — Advanced Photonix Inc. has been awarded a $1.6 million contract to develop custom photodiodes for the U.S. Navy. The devices will serve as detectors for the Guided Missile Weapon System, which features guided missiles designed to protect...
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LightPath Caps ‘Year of Investment’
ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 3, 2014 — LightPath Technologies Inc. closed the books June 30 on fiscal 2014 with a net loss of $313,000 following what it called “a year of investment in our future.” The loss compared with net income of $215,000 in fiscal 2013....

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Inrad Receives Order for Tank Optics
NORTHVALE, N.J., Aug. 25, 2014 — Inrad Optics has received a $585,553 order for metal optical mirrors from the U.S. Army. Inrad will provide single-axis mirrors for electro-optic fire-control systems that give M1A1 tanks their ability to shoot on the move. The...
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Lasers, Optics Hold Jenoptik Revenues Steady
JENA, Germany, Aug. 12, 2014 — Sales of lasers and optical systems counteracted declines in other areas as the Jenoptik Group saw steady revenue and a nominal increase in earnings during the first half of 2014. The company reported earnings before interest and taxes of...

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Newport Profits Jump in Second Quarter
IRVINE, Calif., July 31, 2014 — Newport Corp. closed the second quarter of 2014 with earnings of $8.997 million, compared to $2.605 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 245 percent. On a sequential basis, sales rose 4.3 percent to $153 million and orders...
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Laser Threading Creates Large-Scale Metamaterials
CAMBRIDGE, England, July 30, 2014 — A new laser-pulse technique has been used to create light-altering metamaterials in larger quantities than other techniques. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new method of nanoassembly involving plasmon-induced...

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Army Develops Multiwavelength Laser, Countermeasure
ADELPHI, Md., July 29, 2014 — A new optical system aims to protect soldiers using magnification optics against eye-damaging multiwavelength lasers. Developed by a team from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the device...
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Intevac Sees Net Loss Despite Higher Photonics Profits
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2014 — Intevac Inc. said its photonics segment had record revenue and profits in the second quarter, though the company as a whole reported a net loss of $5 million. That narrows the gap from the second quarter last year, when Intevac reported a...

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MIT Spinoff Produces Diode Laser for Cutting, Welding
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 25, 2014 — Bright and strong enough to cut and weld metal with greater efficiency than conventional lasers, a new diode laser will soon hit the market. MIT Lincoln Lab spinoff TeraDiode Inc. is working with the school to commercialize the...
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Image Processing Method Offers Enhanced Underwater Views
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 24, 2014 — New image-enhancing software for cameras allows scientists to more easily observe details under water. A team from the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and the Royal Netherlands Navy used Nvidia Corp.’s CUDA...

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Teledyne Sees Record Earnings, Cites Machine Vision
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 24, 2014 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has posted record earnings of $56.1 million ($1.47 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2014, up 30.8 percent from $42.9 million in the same period last year. Sales held relatively steady, thanks in part to demand...
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Pickering Chooses Japanese Representative
CLACTON-ON-SEA, Essex, England, July 23, 2014 — Pickering Interfaces Ltd. has chosen Andor System Support Co. Ltd. of Tokyo as its new representative in Japan. Pickering designs and manufactures modular optical and electronic signal switching and instrumentation for use in test and...

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Sensor Amplifies Molecule Signatures
HOUSTON, July 17, 2014 — A new spectroscopy technique can accurately identify the structure and composition of individual molecules. Researchers from the Rice University Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) developed the device, which they said has the ability to...
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Helmet Integrates Night Vision Camera, Visor Projection
ROCHESTER, England, July 16, 2014 — BAE Systems plc has introduced a new helmet-mounted display for fighter jet pilots that integrates a night-vision camera. The Striker II also includes a hybrid opto-inertial tracking system that determines where the pilot is looking and...

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Report: Consumer Goods to Drive IR Imaging Market
LYON, France, July 11, 2014 — Sales of thermal imaging components surged in 2013, heralding future growth and a wider customer base for the uncooled IR imaging market, according to research firm Yole Developpement. Consumer products are expected to see a 61 percent...
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‘Metamirror’ Doubles Incident Light Frequency
AUSTIN, Texas, July 8, 2014 — A nanostructure produces nonlinear effects a million times greater than traditional, macroscale nonlinear crystals, according to a team of researchers from Texas and Germany. This “metamirror” could enable miniaturized laser...

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Cobalt’s Raman Airport Scanner Wins MacRobert Award
ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, England, July 7, 2014 — Cobalt Light Systems has been recognized with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Award for its Insight100 airport scanner. The Insight100 uses a variant of Raman spectroscopy and advanced algorithms to distinguish between...
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Eagleyard Partners with Western Systems in India
BERLIN, July 2, 2014 — Laser diode maker eagleyard Photonics GmbH has partnered with Western Systems in Bangalore, India, for global sales support. Eagleyard, a Toptica company, manufactures laser diodes for industrial, space, defense, medical and scientific...






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