MAY 6--DRS Technologies Inc. (Parsippany, NJ; www.drs.com) has received the 2002 Herschel Award. The company's DRS Infrared Technologies unit in Dallas, TX, received the award for its vertically integrated photodiode (VIP) and high-density vertically integrated photodiode (HDVIP) infrared detector technology. Said Mark S. Newman, DRS Technologies' chairman, president, and chief executive officer, "This award highlights the importance of the VIP and HDVIP technology to the US Department of Defense, evidenced by its successful insertion into such products as the Javelin Commanders' Launch Unit and the Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly II. This technology is central to the military's modernization strategy and its goal to dominate the expanded battle space of the 21st century."
The Herschel Award is presented annually by the Detector Specialty Group of the MSS, a national organization that promotes the development and application of both radar and electro-optic sensor technology, primarily associated with military applications. The selection committee for the award consisted of members of the infrared scientific and customer community.
DRS Technologies provides products and services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Focused on defense electronics, the company develops and manufactures a broad range of mission-critical systems and components in the areas of communications, combat systems, rugged computers, electro-optics, data storage, digital imaging, flight safety, and space.