Intense wins defence laser development contract - Embedded.com

Intense wins defence laser development contract

Blantyre, UK — Optoelectronic developer, Intense, has won an £80,000 research contract from BAE Systems for the Defence Technology Centre (DTC) on Electromagnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS). The EMRS DTC has a £15 million three year contract to carry out leading edge research for the Ministry of Defence aimed at enhancing both performance of sensing equipment and cost effectiveness.

Intense has been asked by the Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre to research and develop novel high power 1.5micron semiconductor lasers. The focus of the research is to improve output power and beam quality of short pulsed lasers.

John Roulston, Technical Director with BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Group & Chairman of the EMRS DTC Supervisory Board, said, “The Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) DTC is a reflection of a modern policy for research which will lead to growing collaboration between the UK defence industry, SMEs, and academia to the mutual benefit of all partners.”

Dr. David Joynson, Research Director (Electronic Systems), with the Ministry of Defence said, “The Defence Technology Centre initiative is a model for research collaboration between Government, UK Defence, SMEs and Universities. This collaborative approach to long term research is aimed at improving the exploitation of research outputs to increase MoD capability and to support civil products. MoD is excited to be working in partnership with the EMRS DTC consortium and its associated providers of research.”

Defence Technology Centres (DTCs) are intended to be virtual centres of excellence in broad technology areas which will allow the MOD to benefit from a source of expertise in specific areas of science and technology interest. Each DTC will have a bespoke structure and funding arrangements; the MoD will invest up to £5 million per annum for up to 6 years.

The members of the EMRS DTC Consortium are BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Group, Thales Defence UK, Roke Manor Research and Filtronic with Corporate Research Centres, universities and companies such as Intense acting as science providers.

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