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19 Apr 06. DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems – Infrared Technologies Division, a unit of DRS Technologies, Inc., announced today the product launch of its E3500S uncooled infrared engine. The E3500S is the first engine of its kind that offers a split-board configuration and the market-preferred VOx microbolometer uncooled infrared detector technology. The new split-board configuration provides a flexible interface for a broad range of unique applications.

19 Apr 06. DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems – Infrared Technologies Division, a unit of DRS Technologies, Inc., announced today the product launch of the M6000 and E6000 uncooled thermal imaging engine and module. DRS’s M6000 and E6000 are the first 640- by 480-pixel thermal imaging engine and module with a 25-micron pitch – a “first of its kind” product, representing a significant advancement in the developing uncooled infrared technology marketplace.

24 Apr 06. LightPath Technologies was recently awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the Naval Air Warfare Center and directed by the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL). Lockheed Martin will provide technical support and guidance for this development. As part of its commitment to developing small business suppliers for its government contracts, Lockheed Martin has been working with LightPath, a small business optics manufacturer and high-potential developer of molded infrared lenses, for several months. These molding processes in infrared glass materials will provide lower costs for both government and commercial applications. LightPath is a major U.S. manufacturer of high-performance molded glass and has over 20 years of experience molding visible and near-infrared aspherical optics. This grant will provide initial funding that will expand LightPath’s existing technology and extend it into the mid- and long-wavelength infrared spectrum.

25 Apr 06. Raytheon Company and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) successfully demonstrated the new Block IA version of a Standard Missile-3 Block IA third stage rocket motor (TSRM). The design verification test, conducted April 24 at the Air Force Research Lab, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was the second successful test of the Block IA design and the first to be conducted in a high-altitude chamber representing the vacuum of space flight. This test was also the second demonstration of an extended inter-pulse delay between the end of the first pulse and the initiation of the second pulse. The inter-pulse delay enhances the SM-3’s flexibility to engage both short-and medium-range ballistic missiles. The TSRM is used to boost the SM-3 out of the atmosphere and to carry the Mk142 kinetic warhead (KW) to its intended target.

21 Apr 06. The F-22 Combined Test Force here achieved another first when an F-22A Raptor flew with an AIM-120D missile in its weapons bay to test the effect of noise and vibration on the missile. What was unique about the April 14 flight was that the weapon on board, the latest version of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM, is still being developed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. “This is a first for the Raptor, as the weapon hasn’t been fielded yet,” said Capt. Jason Armstrong, an armament engineer with the 411th Flight Test Squadron here. “In the past, we’ve integrated existing weapons systems such as the JDAM into the aircraft. We’re doing this flight testing to help Eglin develop the weapon.” (Source: Military.com)

20 Apr 06. Raytheon Company successfully completed open loop gun firing tests of its low-cost XM1156 Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) solution at New Mexico Tech Energetic Material Research and Testing Center, Socorro, N.M. The open loop tests, fired from the M198 howitzer, met all test objectives. PGK is a competitive U.S. Army program to demonstrate the ability to significantly improve the accuracy of existing ballistic and carg

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