Ball Aerospace Wins $42M U.S. Air Force Laser Research Contract
March 05, 2008
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a $42M indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) research and development contract to conduct laser effects research for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The contract will support the AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate located at New Mexico's Kirtland Air Force Base.
"We are pleased that the AFRL has selected Ball Aerospace to support its critical laser development and evaluation research efforts," said Jeff Osterkamp, vice president and general manager for Ball Aerospace's National Defense Solutions business unit. "This is yet another opportunity to help mature and enhance the AFRL's laser technology capabilities that protect our national security."
Under the five-year contract, Ball Aerospace will conduct analytical modeling and experimental studies to predict the effects of lasers on missiles. These studies provide signature information associated with materials, components and systems.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more than 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
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