19 Aug 2011
Thermal imaging, gyroscopes and photonic integrated circuits all receive funding from the US Department of Defense.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a number of new contracts and contract modifications for the development of optics and photonics components and systems in the past month. Here’s our selection of the latest DoD funding activity:
Announced August 18
ITT Systems Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo., is being awarded a $20,322,990 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for the Systems Engineering and Sustainment Integrator (SENSOR), which is to provide system engineering integration and sustainment of ground-based missile warning, missile defense, and space surveillance sensors. The SENSOR systems currently include ground-based radars and optical systems controlled and operated by U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command.
Announced August 17
FLIR Systems, Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., is being awarded a $9,547,000 firm-fixed-price, basic ordering agreement for gyro-stabilized long-range thermal imaging sensor systems and pan-and-tilt long-range thermal imaging sensor systems, spare parts, upgrades and repairs in support of the Ground Based Operations Surveillance System.
The gyro-stabilized long-range thermal imaging sensor system is a long-range, zoom, color charged-coupled device, daylight camera and thermal mid-wave infrared imager, multi-sensor target acquisition, laser range finder, digital magnetic compass and target geo-location device stabilized gimbal assembly. The pan-and-tilt long-range thermal imaging sensor system is a long-range, large format, zoom, color CCD daylight camera and thermal infrared imager, mapping software and laser range finder capable of establishing target geo-location mounted on a pan-tilt assembly. Work will be performed in Wilsonville, Ore., and is expected to be completed by March 2013.
Announced August 11
Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits (APIC) Corp., Culver City, Calif., is being awarded an $8,700,000 modification to a previously awarded Section 845 other transaction agreement (N00421-03-9-0002) for commercial prototyping process technology needed to develop and fabricate prototype photonic integrated circuit chips for use on Navy and other defense networking and communication systems. Work will be performed in Honolulu, Hawaii (50 percent), and Culver City, Calif. (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Announced July 29
Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $7,139,288 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding Honeywell to design, develop, and deliver a demonstration of a gyroscope with a goal capability of absolute reference navigation in a compact, four diameter optically integrated gyro-head. The work is expected to be completed by Aug. 27, 2012.
Announced July 20
Kollmorgen Corp, Northampton, Mass., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $23,501,954 undefinitized contract action under previously awarded firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixed fee, cost-only contract (N00024-11-C-5447) for the fiscal 2011 MK 20 MOD 0 Electro-Optical Sensor System units, including associated equipment, services and emergent provision item orders for spares requirements and level-of-effort engineering services. The MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System serves as a check sight and targeting sensor for anti-surface and anti-air warfare, and naval gun fire support missions, as well as ship self defense and situational awareness functions. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy, and the government of Australia (6 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program. Work is expected to be completed by November 2013.
Announced July 19
Intevac Photonics, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., is being awarded a $9,596,806 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development that will improve and characterize the performance of the ISIE4000 electron bombarded active pixel sensor night vision camera in support of various Navy aircraft platforms. Work will be performed in Santa Clara, Calif., and is expected to be completed in July 2016.