Goodrich Corporation has been awarded a contract from the US Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab (UAVB) to develop and fabricate a shortwave infrared (IR) sensor for the Spectre-Finder initiative.
The purpose of the initiative is to rapidly demonstrate the potential of a small, air-launched and recoverable Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to provide off-board sensing in support of future Air Force Special Operations Command concepts of operation.
Under the terms of the contract Goodrich’s SUI team, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, will develop a SWIR camera.
The technology involved includes a 640×512 indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) camera, custom dual field-of-view lens and laser pointer for use in day or night operation.
Dr. Marshall J. Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of Goodrich’s SUI team, commented, ‘Our team will be leveraging other InGaAs programs from the US Army, Navy and DARPA to give the Air Force the most sophisticated SWIR camera, maximising the performance while maintaining a very low weight and compact assembly.’