Lighteight and Low Cost Infrared Optics for Manportable Fire Control and Missile System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,936.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-06-C-0010
Award Id:
74074
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-202-3681
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
004841644
Principal Investigator:
Jack Salerno
VP of Technology
(781) 935-1200
jsalerno@agiltron.com
Business Contact:
Mary Davoli
Contract administrator
(781) 935-1200
maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Agiltron proposes a new class of significantly lightweight long wave infrared (LWIR) lens system for Army manportable fire control and missile systems. Our unique afocal design uses only three thin lenses with aspherical and Fresnel surfaces, holding the promise of providing unsurpassed optical zooming performance. Leveraging on our extensive expertise in chalcogenide glass lens fabrication, we propose to produce these lens by a low-cost molding process. Chalcogenide glass is a much lightweight and inexpensive material than the present LWIR lens material of single-crystal Germanium. This program will lead to volume production of high performance LWIR complex shaped lenses without the need for polishing and with little waste. The technology potentially produces premium IR imaging optics at drastically lower cost and lightweight that are unattainable before. The program target is to realize a state-of-the-art LWIR optic system of less than 300 grams and at production cost less than $4,000.

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