Precision Optics For Military Applications
This application note reviews a number of precision optics suitable for military applications, including corner cube retro-reflectors, integrator rods, mirrors, windows, and cube beamsplitters, as well as a wide variety of prisms.  Continue Reading..
Enhance Defense And Protection With Rugged Vision Systems
Canon CMOS sensors offer unique performance for next-generation defense solutions.  Continue Reading..
Using Thermal Camera Cores For Reconnaissance Robots
Reconnaissance robots are controlled remotely, which allows for access into normally inaccessible sites and reduces risks for users. The FENIX from PIAP is a light reconnaissance robot designed for detecting threats, and can observe, lift, and neutralize dangerous loads, and transport sabotage equipment.  Continue Reading..
Solving 360° Perimeter Security
With an increase in global conflicts and threats, perimeter security and protection of critical infrastructures, borders, harbors, and other territories is vital. Xenics’ 360° surveillance system is an efficient and cost-friendly monitoring solution to keep properties safe, day and night.  Continue Reading..
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task
Laser systems used in the periscope of a nuclear-powered submarine providing on-board instrumentation that offers accurate pitch, yaw, and roll data. As a result of the critical nature of this information, the burden is placed on the quality of the laser beam, its size, its shape, and its intensity.   Continue Reading..


MtronPTI offers the Stratum 3 M6071 series of TCXOs ideally designed for operation from 10 to 40 MHz frequencies for satcom, telecom, milcom, and other test and measurement applications. The M6071 series features a superior phase noise -97dBc/Hz @10 Hz offset, measured at 38.88 MHz.

Bird offers the FH-AV-KIT, a FlightHawk™ RF Aviation Test Kit designed for avionics testing and measurement applications. This kit includes a proven antenna and cable testing functionality of the FlightHawk handheld analyzer, all necessary adapters and cabling, and Bird’s aviation testing software that allows anyone on the maintenance team to test and verify all antenna systems in a fleet.

The CMD325 from Custom MMIC is a negative controlled, wideband GaAs MMIC 6-bit digital attenuator die designed to operate from the DC to 30 GHz frequency range. Each bit of the attenuator is controlled by a single voltage of either 0 V or –5 V. It features a low insertion loss of 4 dB at 12 GHz and the attenuation accuracy is typically 0.2 dB step error.

Empower RF Systems offers the Model 2213 compact solid state GaN on SiC amplifier delivering 10 kW of peak pulsed power in radar and jamming applications operating in the 2.9 – 3.5 GHz frequency range. This air cooled 10 KW 6% duty cycle pulse amplifier system brings sophisticated monitoring, protection, and control functions to mission critical applications. It features flexible software and embedded firmware design that can be customized to add mission support capabilities specific to the users integrated system.

Guerrilla RF offers the GRF5507 as a high gain, two-stage InGaP HBT power amplifier designed to deliver excellent P1dB, ACLR and IM3 performance over the 700 to 800 MHz frequency range. This amplifier’s exceptional native linearity makes it suitable for transmitter applications that typically do not employ digital predistortion correction schemes.

Coilcraft offers a variety of transformers that have been optimized the most common output voltages and output power up to 24 Watts for no-opto flyback topology. They are ideally used in many applications including telecom/dtacom, PLC systems, car battery charging, building automation HVAC systems, and isolated auxiliary supplies.

BNC offers the Model 525 digital pulse generator designed with full feature functions in a compact 7.125” x 5.1” x 1.5” cost-effective package. The Model 525's interface is USB only, which eliminates the bulky front panel components and reduces the potential for mechanical problems.

Wi2Wi designs and manufactures a wide array of "PDI Brand" wide variety of Space Qualified Clock Oscillators specifically designed for the avionics and space market. The product family is hermetically sealed to exceed all performance and functionality requirements in the extreme environment in the space applications.



  • Telops has responded to the request of their customers for a smaller version of their Hyper-Cam hyperspectral camera and has miniaturized it enough so that it can be integrated into smaller systems and packages.

  • Craig Taylor with Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company spent some time with us on day two of the DSS exhibition to give us an overview of some of his division’s work in optical modules and systems used in the aerospace and defense markets. He then turns it over to Eric Desfonds with Excelitas so he could catch us up on some of their more recent product developments, including their newly launched N-type quadrant detectors.

  • Technology involving military and industrial imaging applications is prevalent at DSS this year, and Sensors Unlimited's was no exception. Check out the video to hear Bob Jones talk about two newer SWIR cameras for these two market segments, and what makes them a fit for each.

  • In this video, Precision Optics Corp president Joe Forkey gives us a brief overview of his company and then gives us a closer look at some of the things they featured at their Photonics West booth. 

  • In this video, Jim Hooker, from L-3 Applied Optics Center, gives us an overview of his company and their capabilities.

  • Vincent Farley with Telops gives us an overview of the Hyper-Cam Hyperspectral Imaging System and its role in defense and security related applications such as standoff chemical detection and identification, characterization of rockets, missiles, and flares, and more.

  • Eric Desfonds with Excelitas runs us through their offerings displayed at SPIE DSS 2013.