NORTHVALE, N.J., May 17 -- INRAD Inc. has been awarded a letter of intent and production contract to provide a key ultraviolet (UV) waveband optical filter element for the next-generation airborne AN/AAR-47 missile and laser warning system.
The contract was awarded by ATK's Tactical System Co. LLC, Clearwater Operation, based in Clearwater, Fla. ATK, the prime contractor for development and production of the system, has been authorized to enter low-rate initial production by the US Department of Defense. INRAD said more than 10,000 components are likely to be required in the first four to six years of production.
UV filters are specialty optical elements made from high-purity and high-uniformity single crystals of synthetic materials which absorb all wavelengths except for those in the UV region of the electro-magnetic spectrum. These filter elements are a key optical component of airborne electro-optical missile warning system sensors.