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19 March 2013

Advanced Photonix awarded $1,562,072 contract for US Navy missile program

Advanced Photonix Inc of Ann Arbor, MI, USA (which designs and makes APD, PIN, and FILTRODE photodetectors, HSOR high-speed optical receivers, and T-Ray terahertz instrumentation) says that it has booked a $1,562,072 order for a custom photodiode used for the US Navy’s Guided Missile Systems, to ship within the next 20 months. The Navy’s Guided Missile Weapon System is said to be the world’s most modern ship self-defense weapon, and has been designed specifically to provide protection for ships of all sizes.

As a supersonic, light-weight, quick-reaction, fire-and-forget missile designed to destroy anti-ship missiles, its autonomous dual-mode passive RF-to-IR guidance design - requiring no shipboard support after missile launch - uniquely provides high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously.

“This missile program has been one of the Navy’s most reliable missile guided systems,” comments Jean-Pierre Maufras, general manager of the firm’s Optosolutions Group. “We have been continuously working with the OEM to improve the products and its reliability,” he adds. “This is an ongoing program and we are confident we will see additional business in the near future as we are well positioned to support our customer efforts spanning to 2020.”

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