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Lockheed Martin Awarded $8.9 Million Thermal Camera Contract

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received an $8.9 million production order to supply 150 Integrated Dewar Cooler Assembly thermal cameras from Gyrocam Systems.  This initial order, the first of 500 projected systems under the U.S. Army contract, was awarded to Lockheed Martin’s Santa Barbara Focalplane (SBF) production operations. Gyrocam has been selected as the prime contractor to equip US Army Vehicle Optic Sensor System (VOSS) on route clearing vehicles. The SBF cameras will be integrated into Gyrocam's gyro-stabilized, elevated, multi-sensor camera system offering powerful zoom, night vision and thermal capabilities.

DARPA Awards $1.75 Million to Develop Advanced Infrared Detectors

Israel's SemiConductor Devices (SCD) will develop a new type of infrared sensor technology called "XBn", in which the hetero-structure detector elements are fabricated of depletion layers within wider bandgap barrier material, rather than narrow depletion layers used in conventional semi-conductor elements. In such a "barrier device" the dark current can be made lower than in a conventional homo-structure device operating at the same temperature. This will allow operating temperatures to be achieved in the region of 150K without degrading the detector's performance relative to homo-structure devices with a similar photo-response operating at lower temperatures. SCD was awarded a $1.75 million initial contract (Phase I) that could grow up to a $5 million in later phases.

TiaLinx Awarded Army Contract to Explore Miniature Radar Sensor

TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of mm-wave integrated radio and antenna array has received funding from the US Army to study the feasibility of a highly integrated miniaturized radar that could be used to detect unexploded ordnance behind walls, on-road and off-road, and surveillance of various objects in land, sea and air. The mm-wave RF sensor will be agnostic to environmental conditions such as fog, rain and smog. In addition to multitude of applications in various areas of conflict, the system is suitable to address regions that suffer from epidemic of landmines and unexploded ordnance. TiaLinx, Inc. is a privately held fabless company that develops advanced electronic modules with very small form factor for the defense and commercial applications.