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  1. SAIC to create manufacturable gradient index optics lenses for size- and weight-constrained military electro-optics applications

    Posted by John Keller ARLINGTON, Va., 17 June 2010. Optical researchers at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, Va., are attempting to create manufacturable gradient index (GRIN) optical lenses for size- and weight-constrained military electro-optics applications. SAIC is doing the research work under terms of a $9.5 million contract awarded Tuesday by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., for the Manufacturable Gradient Index Optics (M-GRIN) program. The performance of traditional lenses in military systems often is limited by their optical elements, which dominate system weight and cost, and force tradeoffs between focal length, field of view, resolution, and range. In traditional optics, light rays undergo refraction at the surfaces of each element, but travel in straight lines within the lens. Correcting for aberrations leads to large, heavy, complex designs, or greater losses, lower image quality, and manufacturing difficulties. GRIN technology, however, has the potential to reduce size, weight, element count, and assembly cost of sophisticated optics, DARPA officials say. Control of the internal refraction in GRIN optics steers light in curved trajectories through the lens, varying the index of refraction and increasing the design space to include the entire volume of its optical elements. DARPA is asking SAIC optical experts to advance GRIN design and fabrication technology from proof-of-concept to low rate initial production. SAIC will develop new lens design methods and tools that will lead to a scalable manufacturing system able to produce lenses in numbers from one to thousands. SAIC optical experts will come up with ways to manufacturer GRIN optical assemblies for a high-performance color camera lens and a two-color solar concentrator, with emphases on materials development, optical element design, test and evaluation methods, and manufacturing. For more information contact SAIC online at www.saic.com , or DARPA at www.darpa.mil . Subscribe Follow me on Twitter Join the PennWell Aerospace and Defense Media Group on Linkedin at http://bit.ly/9MXl9 Become a fan of Military & Aerospace Electronics on Facebook at http://bit.ly/1VGM0Q Post your aerospace and defense-related material to the #milaero community on Twitter . Use the #milaero hashtag. Join your industry colleagues in the Command Post community online at http://community.milaero.com

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    Thu, 17 Jun 2010

  2. Military electro-optics business appears steady

    Earlier this month at the SPIE Defense Security and Sensing conference and exhibition in Orlando, Fla., when I asked attendees and exhibitors there about the military market I got the same answers I received form those at military electronics and military avionics events – business is steady or ...

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    Tue, 28 Apr 2009

  3. Military electro-optics specialist Clear Align hits No. 1 on Inc. Magazine Mid-Atlantic fast growers

    PHILADELPHIA, 5 Oct. 2009. Military imaging, optical sensor, and aerospace fiber optics specialist Clear Align in Eagleville Pa., has been ranked the fastest-growing private company in the four-state Mid-Atlantic region, which consists of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, according ...

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    Mon, 5 Oct 2009

  4. Raytheon to improve resolution of UAV electro-optical sensor payload in Air Force contract

    Military electro-optics experts at the Raytheon Co., Space and Airborne Systems in McKinney, Texas, are seeking to improve the resolution of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System-B (MTS-B) sensor pod for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft

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    Thu, 1 Mar 2012

  1. DARPA to brief industry 23 Feb. on plan to develop long-range 3D imaging technology

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    Sun, 12 Feb 2012

  2. Clear Align earns U.S. patent for short-pulse laser in laser radar and laser range finding applications

    EAGLEVILLE, Pa., 30 Nov. 2011. Military electro-optics and laser specialist Clear Align in Eagleville, Pa., has received a federal patent for the company's apparatus and method for generating short optical pulse laser beams for battlefield and other high-reliability laser applications. The U.S. ...

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2011

  3. Army, Northrop Grumman, BAE move forward on next-generation JETS infantry targeting system

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 20 June 2012. Systems designers at two U.S. military electro-optics powerhouses are ready to square off on the next phase of program to develop the U.S. military's next-generation target-location and fire-support system. The BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in ...

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    Wed, 20 Jun 2012

  4. BAE Systems to continue Army deliveries of thermal weapon sights under terms of $56 million contract

    LEXINGTON, Mass., 26 April 2011. Military electro-optics experts at the BAE Systems Electronics Solutions segment in Lexington, Mass., will provide the U.S. Army with second-generation uncooled thermal weapon sights under terms of a $56 million contract. The thermal weapons sights help soldiers ...

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2011

  5. General Dynamics boosts electro-optics and ISR capabilities with Axsys buy

    FAIRFAX, Va.–General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS) in Fairfax, Va., is acquiring military electro-optics specialist Axsys Technologies Inc. in Rocky Hill, Conn., to boost the GA-AIS presence in military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.

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    Tue, 1 Sep 2009

  6. Combat vehicle vision system with infrared, TV, and laser rangefinder sensors to be built by DRS

    CYPRESS, Calif., 9 March 2011. Military electro-optics experts at the DRS Technologies Inc. Sensors & Target Systems unit in Cypress, Calif., will build as many as 106 integrated vision systems for the U.S. Army Assault Breacher Vehicle under terms of a $32.5 million contract from U.S. Army Tank ...

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    Wed, 9 Mar 2011

  7. IAI/Tamam to provide thermal imager and color daylight camera for Czech armored fighting vehicle

    Military electro-optics systems designers at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, needed lightweight EO/IR sights for the Rafael Samson 30 RCWS that Rafael is providing for the Czech Army KBVP fighting vehicle.

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    Fri, 1 Jul 2011

  8. Cobham to acquire electro-optics specialist RVision to boost expertise in surveillance applications

    SAN DIEGO, 9 Dec. 2010. Prime defense contractor Cobham plc in Wimborne Minster, England, is acquiring military electro-optics specialist RVision Inc. in San Diego to boost Cobham's expertise in scalable, modular, and deployable integrated surveillance solutions, Cobham officials announced.

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    Thu, 9 Dec 2010

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