Rockwell Collins is moving into a number of infrared sensor programs, partly because of its expertise in head-mounted displays. The company is developing several sensor systems for the U.S. Army, including a complete helmet assembly for the Future Force Warrior, FFW (previously called Objective Force Warrior, OFW) program and SMaRTS (Soldier Mobility and Rifle Targeting System.)
Electrophysics is partnering with Nippon Avionics (Avio) of Japan.
Extended Spectral Range and Flexibility
The U.S. is close to imposing unilateral “Anti-Terrorism” (AT) export controls on uncooled amorphous silicon (a-Si) FPAs and cameras.
SPIE’s Infrared Technology and Applications Conference – a part of SPIE’s DSS - Defense & Security Symposium (formerly AeroSense) will feature the latest developments in IR technology and sensor systems.
The President is asking Congress for a core defense budget for fiscal year 2005 of $420 billion (not including a $50 billion supplemental for the war in Iraq.) Although all details of the budget have not yet been released, a number of items give glimpse of the importance that infrared sensors will continue to play in FY05.