USAF Taps Toyon-Flir Team for Airborne Infrared Surveillance Tech; Anthony Absi Comments

Air Force logoThe U.S. Air Force has awarded Toyon Research Corp. and Flir Systems with a $750,000 contract to design and build a shortwave infrared camera system for air-based military surveillance operations.

USAF said Tuesday the companies will aim to develop a high-definition camera by using focal plane array technology through the branch’s Small Business Innovation Research initiative.

“We are anticipating that the SBIR commercialization readiness program funding will enable us to see a transition of this work to a commercial product and, eventually, get it into the hands of the Air Force warfighter,” said Anthony Absi, a project manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The camera will be designed with lens, a casing, sensor configuration and control tools, back-end electronics and an imagery serialization system.

The branch says it awards more than $300 million in research and development funds to small companies every year.

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