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  1. Northrop Grumman nets potential half-billion-dollar contract to build open-systems ground robots

    INDIAN HEAD, Md., 3 Sept. 2015. U.S. Navy bomb-disposal experts are awarding a nearly half-billion-dollar contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. to build open-systems man-packable ground robots to help infantry units detect and neutralize improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other roadside bombs. Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Indian Head, Md., announced a $14.2 million contract to Northrop Grumman in Falls Church, Va., this week for the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) Increment 1, dismounted operations variant. The contract calls for Northrop Grumman experts to procure and integrate the AEODRS handheld operator control unit, communications link, mobility capability module, master capability module, power capability module, manipulator capability module, end effector capability module, visual sensors capability module, autonomous behaviors capability module, and other minor components that comprise the dismounted operations system. The contract for the bomb-hunting unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) includes options that could increase its value to $483.3 million. Related: Navy to purchase MMP-30 bomb-disposal robots from The Machine Lab for use in Afghanistan The dismounted AEODRS variant is to be a 35-pound system and fit in an infantryman's backpack. The variant is to have a six-hour battery life, 330-foot range, and manipulator arm able to lift five pounds at full extension. The dismounted ordnance-disposal system is to be an open-systems design able to accommodate payloads and modules from several different vendors, rather than an integrated system manufactured only by one company. Navy officials want interchangeable parts. Experts want the AEODRS dismounted version to be able to navigate autonomously for about 10 feet in an unobstructed. Early prototypes have had seven interchangeable modules like power source, vision sensors, manipulator arm, autonomy software, and communications to link the robot with its remote controller. On this contract Northrop Grumman will do the work in Huntsville, Ala., and should be finished by August 2017. For more information contact Northrop Grumman online at www.northropgrumman.com , or the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Indian Head at www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/WarfareCenters/NSWCIndianHeadEODTechnology .

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    Thu, 3 Sep 2015

  2. Wrong again: UAV market heading nowhere but up over the next decade

    THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 25 Aug. 2015. I have to admit I was wrong about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), specifically about the UAV market. I was under the impression that UAVs -- popularly called drones -- were starting to represent a market that was leveling off after years of steep growth. Gazing ...

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    Tue, 25 Aug 2015

  3. Elbit Systems to supply unmanned electronic and electro-optic systems for Slovenian armored vehicle program

    HAIFA, Israel, 26 July 2007. Elbit Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, won $55 million in contracts for European electronics and electro-optics work.

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    Thu, 26 Jul 2007

  4. Air Force seeks proposals for defending against advanced electro-optic and infrared threats

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB , Ohio -- Scientists at the Electro-Optics division of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are asking industry to propose research projects for the Day/Night EO/IR Tracker Countermeasures (DETCM) Advanced ...

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    Wed, 12 Jun 2002

  1. Worldwide UAV and drone spending to more than triple over next decade, say Teal analysts

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  2. SCHOTT and Clear Align to partner on electro-optic technology for defense and security

    LONDON -- Electro-optics companies SCHOTT North America's Fiber Optics Defense Division in Southbridge, Mass., and Clear Align in Eagleville, Pa., are joining hands to design, prototype, and produce electro-optical solutions for defense and security applications.

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    Thu, 18 Oct 2007

  3. SCHOTT and Clear Align to partner on electro-optic technology for defense and security

    LONDON, 13 Sept. 2007. Electro-optics companies SCHOTT North America's Fiber Optics Defense Division in Southbridge, Mass., and Clear Align in Eagleville, Pa., are joining hands to design, prototype, and produce electro-optical solutions for defense and security applications.

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    Thu, 13 Sep 2007

  4. Northrop Grumman to develop Coast Guard electro-optic shipboard warning system

    APOPKA, Fla., 18 Nov. 2006. The Northrop Grumman Corp. Laser Systems division in Apopka, Fla., won a contract from the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center in Groton, Conn., to develop an electro-optic based system intended to warn surface vessels and aircraft in violation of ship ...

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    Sat, 18 Nov 2006

  5. Air Force seeks proposals for defending against advanced electro-optic and infrared threats

    Scientists are asking industry to propose research projects for the Day/Night EO/IR Tracker Countermeasures (DETCM) Advanced Technology Demonstration.

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    Mon, 1 Jul 2002

  6. Army looking for electro-optics companies to build 10,000 drivers night vision systems

    FORT BELVOIR, Va., 17 Aug. 2015. U.S. Army night vision experts are reaching out to industry to find companies able to manufacture as many as 10,000 devices that help drivers operate wheeled and tracked combat vehicles safely in darkness, in battlefield smoke, or in bad weather.

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    Mon, 17 Aug 2015

  7. Raytheon joins DARPA program to develop new kinds of 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

    ARLINGTON, Va., 25 Sept. 2013. Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop fundamentally new avionics and vetronics electro-optic sensors for target identification and tracking under terms of a ...

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    Wed, 25 Sep 2013

  8. Raytheon to develop new 3D electro-optical imaging sensors

    Electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop new avionics and vetronics electro-optic sensors for target identification and tracking under terms of a new $19.4 million contract.

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    Fri, 15 Nov 2013

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