Army to kick off industry competition for next-generation laser-protecting eyewear

Army wants a new generation of goggles that safeguards soldiers' eyes from shrapnel, laser beams, sand and dust, and bright sunlight.

Army land warfare experts are ready to kick off an industry competition to develop a new generation of laser-protecting goggles and other eyewear that safeguards soldiers' eyes from shrapnel, laser beams, sand and dust, and bright sunlight. Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Natick, Mass., issued a presolicitation Wednesday (W911QY-16-R-0043) for the Next Generation Eye Protection (NGEP) project.
This parallels a recently announced contract awarded by the U.S. Air Force to increase laser eye protection for pilots.

Air Force contract announced Wednesday 20 July 2016


Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC, Thousand Oaks, California, has been awarded a $30,082,000, firm-fixed-price contract for Aircrew Laser Eye Protection (ALEP) spectacles. The ALEP spectacles provides aircrew members with enhanced protection against hazard and threat laser devices in combat and training situations while minimizing visual acuity degradation. They also provide sufficient protection to prevent permanent eye damage and temporary effects (glare, flash blindness, etc.) from laser weapons and devices. Work will be performed at Camarillo, California, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $6,399,772 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8606-16-C-6380).


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