UES Researching Advanced Materials to Protect Sensors and Weapons from Lasers

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May 22, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: May 22 on

Electro-optics experts at UES Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, are conducting materials experiments to help safeguard U.S. and allied sensors and military systems from lasers and laser weapons.

Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced a $44.7 million contract to UES Friday for research work involved in the Laser Materials for Blue Systems Survivability (LaMBSS) project.

LaMBSS seeks to investigate materials interaction effects and response to external sources. UES experts will characterize a variety of materials in support of technology development programs using these materials for a variety of applications, Air Force officials say.

UES will determine the effects of lasers on materials, structures, and sensors, and provide advanced laser-hardened materials and techniques, including existing or newly developed materials for structures, integrated optics and detector technologies, as well as materials and component configurations for sensing or imaging applications.