Air Force Choose Companies for Directed Energy Survivability Studies and Materials & Photonics Development

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November 11, 2015 | Source: John Keller, Military & Aerospace Electronics

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 5 Nov. 2015. Three U.S. research companies are finding ways to create and use new materials for directed-energy weapons, as well as to protect U.S. and allied weapon systems and warfighters from these same kinds of weapons.

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, has awarded contracts and task orders to the General Dynamics Corp. Information Technology segment in Fairfax, Va.; Azimuth Corp. in Beavercreek, Ohio; and to UES Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, to advance materials technologies that control and protect light and electromagnetic energy sources.

The Air Force Research Lab on Friday announced a contract for the three companies to share as much as $121.1 million for materials research and survivability studies involving hardened materials, survivability, and photonic materials. The project involves materials to create and protect from electro-optical weapons and RF and microwave weapons.