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Ball to Study Laser Effects
Mar 2008
BOULDER, Colo., March 5, 2008 -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a five-year, $42 million research and development contract to study laser effects on missiles for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the company announced today. The contract will support the AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

"This is yet another opportunity to help mature and enhance the AFRL's laser technology capabilities that protect our national security," said Jeff Osterkamp, vice president and general manager for Ball Aerospace's National Defense Solutions business unit. Ball Aerospace & Technologies manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components and other products, primarily for defense and scientific applications.

Under the five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, Ball Aerospace said it will conduct analytical modeling and experimental studies to predict the effects of lasers on missiles and provide signature information associated with materials, components and systems.

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