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US Air Force Awards $58M Contract to SAIC for Laser Research

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to research laser bioeffects, advance vision science, conduct modeling and simulation, and perform safety engineering, awarding the company a $58 million contract.

The Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety contract supports the research program that will enhance airman combat survivability by enabling U.S. forces to counter optical hazards and threats.

Under the 75-month, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract, SAIC’s team will cover wide-ranging research to define thresholds for biological injury and correlate optical exposure with performance. SAIC will also leverage machine learning capabilities from its Solutions and Technology Group as it seeks to enhance laser injury assessments.

Michael LaRouche, executive vice president and general manager of SAIC’s National Security Customer Group, said the organization has been conducting research for the past 26 years and is well positioned to deliver next-generation solutions in optical warfare.

“We need to keep airmen safe and able to perform their missions effectively on a directed energy battlefield,” he said.

Published: May 2019
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