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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 technologies, which, in conjunction with traditional processing, pave the path to lighter and higher-performing optics for systems supporting the defense industry," said Samuel Sadoulet, the company's president and chief operating officer. In...

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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...
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
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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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