Visible-light cameras, infrared (IR) sensors, lasers, lenses, and other optical technologies

Air Seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

Air Force seeks to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAVs to sense and avoid other aircraft

October 21, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 21 Oct. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $23.5 million contract Monday to Defense Research Associates (DRA) Inc. in Beavercreek, Ohio, for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program.

A U.S. military stuck in the ditch

October 17, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 17 Oct. 2014. The U.S. military's mission in the Middle East is drawing to a close -- with the exception of scattered and largely ineffective bombing raids to annoy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

Teal analysts name nation's top 11 defense electronics companies expected over next decade

October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, 16 Oct. 2014. Eleven U.S. prime defense contractors will dominate the defense electronics market over the next decade, with the top three -- Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman -- expected to take the lion's share of military electronics contracts through 2023. The total value of defense electronics contracts through 2023 is expected to be $373.4 billion.

Air Force mulls staring infrared search and track for combat aircraft

October 15, 2014

U.S. Air Force electro-optics researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas and enabling technologies for a next-generation infrared search-and-track (IRST) system to provide advanced passive surveillance, tracking, and target-acquisition capability for military combat aircraft.

Hyperspectral VNIR sensor for hand-launched UAVs offered by Headwall

October 15, 2014

Headwall Photonics Inc. in Fitchburg, Mass., is introducing the Nano-Hyperspec sensor to provide small, hand-launched, commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with hyperspectral imaging capability.

Army considers advanced visible/near infrared focal plane arrays

October 15, 2014

U.S. Army researchers are looking for companies able to develop advanced visible-light and near-infrared focal plane array sensors for applications such as electro-optical payloads, weapon sights, night vision, and sensors for unmanned vehicles.

Navy scraps prototype laser weapons project for sea-based helicopters

October 15, 2014

U.S. Navy laser weapons experts say they are scrapping a plan to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

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