By Company (BAE Systems)


November 2016

October 2016

Crew-Served Weapon Sight (FWS-CS) Awards Made to DRS and BAE Systems

Another Step in Ramping up Uncooled Sensors

August 2016

DARPA WIRED Program Aims to Move Infrared Detectors to a New Level

Multi-megapixel infrared imaging at room temperature for wafer-level scalable FPAs at low-cost

June 2016

APS Systems: A Future Big Market for Infrared FPAs?

Active Protection Systems (APS) for armored vehicles are becoming a necessity as rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and anti-armor munitions become more effective against even the best armor. In APS systems an incoming round is detected and tracked and a counter munition is fired to destroy the round before it can damage the vehicle.

In the most recent systems, infrared FPAs are being used.

May 2016

St. Johns Optical Licenses Lead Selenide Detector FPA Technologies

Solution deposited and thermal vapor deposited.

March 2016

February 2016

November 2015

October 2015

Northrop Grumman Wins CIRCM Award

And a Big Win for Selex ES MCT FPAs

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

February 2015

January 2015

November 2014

September 2014

June 2014

BAE Systems Introduces Small-Pixel VOx Microbolometer Core

Seeks Re-entry Into Commercial Market

April 2014

December 2013

October 2013

July 2013

April 2013

December 2012

November 2012

July 2012

May 2012

December 2011

August 2011

July 2011

DARPA Funding Tiny, Low-Cost Uncooled FPAs and Camera Cores

Pushing Uncooled Infrared Toward a Cell Phone Model

June 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

October 2010

July 2010

Putting 200 Million Pixels on Target

Lockheed Martin Wins ARGUS–IR Contract

BAE Systems to Reorganize in U.S.

The Effect on Infrared Operations

June 2010

April 2010

March 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

Army Makes a Second Laser Targeting Locator Module (LTLM) Award

Northrop Grumman Wins with its Mark VIIE

September 2009

Pushing Uncooled Detector Technology to Its Limits

Smaller Pixels and Larger Formats

June 2009

May 2009

December 2008

BAE Systems PbSe Development

Company Pursues Military, Commercial Markets

November 2008

Axsys Expands Operations

Increases Product Offerings

October 2008

August 2008

Space Based IR Sensor Program Morphs to Next Phase

The Alternative Infrared Satellite System (AIRSS) program has become a follow-on to SBIRS High

July 2008

Multiple Kill Vehicle Seeker Development Moves to Next Phase

The Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV) program for developing a robust mid-course ballistic missile interceptor is moving to a prototype seeker that will be able to track multiple targets and then guide multiple kill vehicles to destroy them.

 

June 2008

Lead Salts Make a Comeback

Imaging lead salt FPAs are poised to make a comeback for niche military applications after having almost disappeared from view.

Last month the U.S. Army awarded Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows) a 20 month $6.1 million contract to continue development on a two-color uncooled, midwave, Lead Selenide (PbSe) Passive Infrared Cueing System (PICS).

May 2008

April 2008

The Race to 17 Micron Pixels

Manufacturers of uncooled microbolometers are racing to develop and introduce focal plane arrays with 17 micron pixels. The smaller size pixels are seen by producers as a way to differentiate their products and as a path to lower cost and higher volume markets.

February 2008

BAE Systems Opens New Sensor Development Center

BAE Systems is opening a new 33,000 square foot electro-optics/infrared Sensor Technology Design Center to support military products based on the company’s VOx microbolometers.

January 2008

BAE Systems Tests AALC

BAE Systems has completed the first test of an autonomous landing system intended for large mobility and transport aircraft. The test demonstrated the system’s ability to enhance pilot vision in a simulated zero-visibility landing scenario.

November 2007

BAE Systems Wins CROWS II Uncooled Sights

BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract for up to 6,500 uncooled TIM1500 modules for use in the CROWS II (Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station) made by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.

September 2007

DRS Seeks End to TWS Problems

DRS Technologies is seeking to put an end to its Thermal Weapon Sight woes after having suspended shipments of TWS II for over five months due to a boresighting problem.

BAE Systems Wins Digital ENVG

BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems has won an advanced technology demonstration award for the Digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggle, ENVG(D).

July 2007

TWS II Bridge Awards

The U.S. Army has awarded contracts for the Thermal Weapon Sight II (TWS) Bridge, which is the largest uncooled program to date.

February 2007

December 2006

Uncooled with 17 µm Pixels

The U.S. Army’s effort to keep pushing the performance of uncooled sensor technology is again bearing fruit. All four contractors developing ultra-small pixel uncooled microbolometers have demonstrated 640 x 480 focal plane arrays with 17 µm pixels in thermal weapon sights.

August 2006

July 2006

BAE Systems Wins DAS Contract

BAE Systems E&IS Sensor Systems has been awarded a $6.1 million 21-month contract to develop a DAS (Distributed Aperture System) for U.S. Army combat vehicles. The system is intended to provide the driver and crew members of armored vehicles with unprecedented situational awareness.

May 2006

BAE Systems IRIS Gets Qualified for TWS

The Thermal Weapon Sights (TWS) made by BAE Systems IR Imaging Systems have completed qualification testing by the U.S. Army.

February 2006

Prelude to TWS III

Although the U.S. Army’s TWS II program using high performance 25 µm pixel uncooled VOx microbolometers (640 x 480 and 320 x 240) is just getting started, the next-generation, with 17 µm pixels is already getting underway. Under a program funded by PEO Soldier and with the technical monitoring of the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, four companies have been selected to develop 640 x 480 microbolometers with 17 µm pixels and deliver two Thermal Weapon Sights and two thermal imaging modules.

Coast Guard SeeCoast to Extend Port Protection

The U.S. Coast Guard’s SeeCoast port surveillance program is adding infrared and electro-optic cameras to the Port Security and Monitoring System so as to detect, classify and track vessels.

January 2006

Uncooled B-kit in Phase II

The U.S. Army’s effort to develop standard interchangeable imaging modules based on uncooled VOx microbolometers went into Phase II with the awarding of contracts to BAE Systems Infrared Imaging Systems, DRS Infrared Technologies and Raytheon Vision Systems in September 2005. Under Phase II of the Uncooled B-Kit (UBK) program, the emphasis is on 640 x 480 pixel imaging modules.

ARL and BAE Systems Team on T2SL FPAs

Researchers from the Army Research Laboratory, ARL are teaming with BAE Systems under the Advanced Sensor Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) program to make mid-wave Type II Superlattice (T2SL) focal plane arrays. The semiconductor layers (InAs on a GaSb substrate) were grown by ARL and the FPA processing and hybridization to an Indigo ISC9809 read-out IC (ROIC) were carried out at BAE Systems.