By Company (Raytheon)


July 2017

June 2017

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

New ASRAAM Missile Seeker Gives Leonardo (Selex ES) FPAs a Boost

UK Builds ASRAAM Inventory for its New F-35 Fighters

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

April 2016

After Long Wait 3rd Gen FLIR Finally Moves Ahead

After numerous delays over a period of ten years, the U.S. Army has finally put 3rd Gen FLIR onto a path where it will become reality. Awards have been made for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) for the 3rd Gen B-kit which will be used to upgrade 2nd Gen B-kits in a number of vehicle sighting systems and in targeting systems. The 3rd Gen B-kit consists of a Dewar Cooler Bench (DCB), afocal imager and circuit card assemblies.

January 2016

Seek Thermal Rolling Out Mid-Format Uncooled Core

Seek Thermal (Goleta, California) is ready to go into production with a new uncooled core based on Wafer-Level-Packaged (WLP) 320 x 240 VOx microbolometers with 12 micron pixels, a significant upgrade over the company’s existing 206 x 156/12 microbolometers.

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

July 2015

May 2015

April 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

September 2014

August 2014

June 2014

April 2014

March 2014

January 2014

FLIR Launches Double Whammy

Ultra Low-Cost Thermal Core and Smartphone Attachment

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

DARPA PIXNET Program Gets Underway

Ultra-Small Muti-Band Uncooled Camera

August 2013

June 2013

May 2013

March 2013

February 2013

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

July 2012

June 2012

April 2012

January 2012

Spectrolab Moves InGaAs APDs into Production

An Enabling Technology for 3D Imaging

December 2011

November 2011

August 2011

July 2011

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

Pushing Uncooled Infrared Toward a Cell Phone Model

February 2011

ITT to Split into Three Companies

Defense Segment Will Continue Work on Night Vision

January 2011

December 2010

Sensor Overload

Gray Eagle UAVs Being Deployed with Three Common Sensor Payloads

September 2010

Raytheon Wins SDB II Program

A Trend in Seeker Technology?

August 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

Pushing Uncooled Detector Technology to Its Limits

Smaller Pixels and Larger Formats

August 2009

ARTEMIS Providing Hyperspectral Images from Space

Spectral Images for Operational Use

July 2009

General Dynamics Buying Axsys

How Will the Acquisition Affect the Commercial and Military Infrared Markets?

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

February 2009

U.S. Army Moves Ahead with 3rd Gen FLIR Award

SDD Contract Sets the Stage for Production of 3rd Gen FLIR Engines

January 2009

November 2008

Axsys Expands Operations

Increases Product Offerings

Army Cancels ARH

Sensor Systems in Limbo

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

Former Indigo Execs Prevail Over FLIR Systems in Lawsuit

FLIR Systems has lost a lawsuit against two former Indigo Systems executives whom it claimed were misappropriating trade secrets and against whom FLIR was seeking a permanent injunction to prevent them from starting a new venture to produce uncooled microbolometers.

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.

 

May 2008

3rd Gen FLIR Moving to SDD

The U.S. Army’s effort to develop and field a 3rd Gen FLIR is moving into the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase.

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.

January 2008

EO/IR System for DDG 1000 Moves into Production Phase

The EO/IR system for the U.S. Navy’s next-generation DDG 1000 (Zumwalt class) destroyer (including stealth and electric propulsion) is moving into the production phase.The EO/IR system is being developed by a team being led by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems

December 2007

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.

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.

May 2007

T2SL Research Intensifies

Research on Type II Superlattice (T2SL) FPAs is increasing rapidly as evidenced by the ten papers presented on these detectors at the April SPIE Infrared Technology & Applications Conference in Orlando. Currently, most of this work is aimed at improving performance in the LWIR, since good performance has already been demonstrated in the MWIR.

March 2007

U.S. Defense Budget

A big increase (but not for all infrared programs)

February 2007

Digital ENVG One Step Closer

The plan to replace the current helmet-mounted night vision goggles (NVG) with a digital Enhanced Night Vision Goggles [ENVG(D)] is moving closer to realization. Although numerous technical hurdles must still be surmounted, the U.S. Army has now laid out a schedule for bringing ENVG(D) into production.

January 2007

3rd Gen FLIR Moves Out of Research and Development

3rd Gen infrared technology has moved out of R&D with the completion of the U.S. Army’s Dual-Band FPA Manufacturing Program (DBFM). The technology is being transitioned from an Advanced Technology Objective (ATO) to Systems Development and Demonstration (SDD) in which complete 3rd Gen FLIR engines (B-kits) will be developed over the next 2 - 3 years.

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.

November 2006

Hedging the Missile Warning Risk

The U.S. Air Force is hedging its bets on the long-delayed Space Based Infrared System High and starting an alternative program that injects the most recent advances in infrared focal plane array technology.

October 2006

May 2006

Raytheon Launches New Security System for Airports and Other Infrastructure

Raytheon’s Airspace Management and Homeland Security business is launching an Integrated Airport Security System (IASS) that makes it easier for airports to ensure the safety of passengers from their arrival at the airport to departure in the aircraft. .

April 2006

SBInet Holds Out Hope for Infrared Strategic Border Initiative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Strategic Border Initiative program (SBInet) is shaping up to be a boon for infrared technology. SBInet has two major themes: controlling the border and immigration enforcement.

February 2006

Irvine Sensors in FFW Contract

Irvine Sensors has been awarded a contract by Rockwell Collins Optronics for the miniature thermal imagers for the Future Force Warrior (FFW) head-mounted sensor. The Irvine Sensors cameras are based on the company’s tiny CamNoir which makes use of an IC stacking technique (“Neo-Stack) for producing highly compact electronics packages.

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.

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.