Textron wins $49.9 million LIDAR contract

Aug. 23, 2004
Wilmington, MA, August 23, 2004--Textron Systems has been awarded a $49.9 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base (Albuquerque, NM) for research into light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) systems.

Wilmington, MA, August 23, 2004--Textron Systems has been awarded a $49.9 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base (Albuquerque, NM) for research into light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) systems. The five-year program will enable the U.S. Air Force and Textron Systems to develop technology to support USAF assets and test sites for prototyping and understanding the role of non-weapons-class lasers, laser radars, laser sensing, remote sensing and measurement systems, target acquisition and tracking, and general imaging systems.

Textron will continue development of high-power laser radar systems to support long-range tracking and identification of space objects. In addition, the program will operate and upgrade the Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS) laser radars and imaging capabilities for ground-to-space and ground-to ground laser radar missions. Testing will take place at the Maui Space Surveillance Site on top of Mount Haleakala in Hawaii.

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