SAIC to develop high power microwave for Air Force

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., 3 January 2005. Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Applied Sciences Operation located in Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded the Directed Energy Technology Applications and Research (DETAR) contract by the Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., 3 January 2005. Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Applied Sciences Operation located in Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded the Directed Energy Technology Applications and Research (DETAR) contract by the Directed Energy Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. This contract supports the Air Force's High Power Microwave (HPM) Program.

The DETAR contract is a five-year, $49.9 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task order contract to develop techniques and approaches for High Power Microwave (HPM) components and systems, as well as other directed energy systems. Under the terms of the contract, the SAIC team will develop new technologies and do applications research and development in pulsed power and HPMs, with a focus on transitioning important non-lethal technologies from the AFRL to end users in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

"SAIC has a strategic interest in the development of High Power Microwave systems and in transitioning them to support our soldiers in the field," said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's Advanced Concepts Business Unit. "We are proud to have been selected by AFRL to continue this challenging work."

Directed energy technology solutions are viewed as important tools for national security, homeland defense, and the global war on terrorism. SAIC has performed directed energy research and development for the Air Force for more than 30 years.

The SAIC team includes 25 subcontractors bringing world-class scientific, engineering, and systems engineering expertise to AFRL in directed energy. This team also includes 12 small businesses, helping AFRL meet their desire for increased small business participation in high technology programs. The DETAR program will be managed by Charles Gilman, vice president and manager of SAIC's Applied Sciences Operation, out of SAIC's Albuquerque office. Also, the program is expected to support nearly 150 jobs, most of which will be in the Albuquerque area.

SAIC is the nation's largest employee-owned research and engineering company, providing information technology, systems integration and eSolutions to commercial and government customers. SAIC engineers and scientists work to solve complex technical problems in national and homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, transportation and logistics. With annual revenues of nearly $7 billion, SAIC and its subsidiaries, including Telcordia Technologies, have more than 45,000 employees at offices in more than 150 cities worldwide. For more information see www.saic.com.

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