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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 contractors in a variety of display applications, with emphasis on the development of head-mounted display systems. He started working on head-up and head-mounted systems in 1983 with Kaiser Electronics, and later became a vice president for Kaiser...

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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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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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