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50 Years of Photonics in Defense

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From state-of-the-art aerial imaging systems of the ’60s to Boeing’s Airborne Laser project in the the 21st century, photonics technology has played a vital role in the modern military. In honor of Photonics Spectra’s 50th anniversary, the editors compiled a retrospective on major advances by era.

The Airborne Laser and Advances in Airborne Optics (2006-Present) In the early 2000s, Boeing and other contractors developed the Airborne Laser (ABL), consisting of lasers aboard a plane that would effectively target and destroy ballistic missiles during the boost phase of flight. This same era saw advances in airborne optical systems and larger detectors capable of operating in expanded spectral ranges. Mounted in structural assemblies, optics help ensure airborne sensors produce the clearest possible image. Courtesy of Thales Group, EuroPhotonics, Winter 2016. ...Read full article

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