Lockheed, DRS to Engineer Laser Tech Systems for DARPA

LockheedLogoLockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and DRS Technologies have won contracts to engineer laser systems aimed at detecting light and illuminating targets for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

DARPA intends for the Laser Radar Technology program to create new imaging systems that find targets and help unmanned ground vehicles and aircraft avoid targets, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Monday.

John Keller writes Lockheed’s Coherent business won a $4.4 million contract and DRS’ RSTA business won a $3.2 million contract to build the imaging systems.DRSLogo

Lidar technology is designed to illuminate targets with laser light to measure its distance and analyze the backscattered light, Keller writes.

The companies will also research ways to detect optical backscatter from different waveforms using sensors that operate both in direct-detection and coherent detection modes, according to the report.

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