MARCH 9--Northrop Grumman Laser Systems business unit has selected Goodrich Corporation to design and manufacture a boresight monitoring camera subsystem to be used in a Multi-Function Laser (MFL) for Future Combat System--the US Army's premier modernization program comprised of a family of unmanned air platforms, together with manned and unmanned ground systems, linked by a network. The boresight cameras will be used to track and align lasers at multiple wavelengths on the MFL. Goodrich will begin development immediately and expects to deliver the technology in early 2007.
According to Goodrich vice president and general manager of its Sensors Unlimited Inc. (SUI; Princeton, NJ, USA) team, Marshall Cohen, "Our team will modify, combine, and enhance the functionality of two of its commercially available short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) cameras, resulting in a single unit that will meet the Army's requirements. By leveraging our proprietary technology, we will develop a new boresight camera that will be smaller, require less power, and offer superior operational capabilities over currently available SWIR cameras."
Goodrich's SUI team has pioneered the design and production of SWIR cameras and systems utilizing advanced indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) imaging technology for industrial, commercial, military, agricultural, and scientific markets. For additional information on InGaAs-based SWIR imaging detectors, arrays, and systems, visit www.oss.goodrich.com/sui.