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Daylight Defense Selected to Develop Next Generation Laser Capability for Defense Applications

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA: Daylight Defense, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions, has been selected by the U.S. Army to develop next-generation high-power ultraviolet (UV) laser capability to support future Defense applications.

Daylight Defense owns a host of patented quantum cascade laser (QCL) technologies that can create a line of military laser products t providing high-power and multi-color capabilities. The modular open architecture approach of the company significantly reduces cycle-time from design to deployment, minimizes costs, while simultaneously providing improvements in reliability and lifetime over existing technologies.

According to a recent solicitation by the U.S. Army, “the Army is interested in laser sources in the near-UV for applications such as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and other applications for helicopter survivability.” Additional applications of the technology include battlefield awareness, trace detection using LIDAR backscatter and/or bio-fluorescence, and data storage.

The selection was made under Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program of the U.S., which provides high-tech U.S. businesses the opportunity to present innovative research and development solutions for critical Army requirements. 

“We are grateful that the U.S. Government has entrusted Daylight to develop a next generation capability for future airborne military laser systems,” says Dr. Timothy Day, CEO for Daylight Solutions. “The development of compact, ruggedized UV laser modules fits well within our product roadmap to bring advanced capabilities to the warfighter.”