Army Prototyping New Tech to Protect Troops Against Missile Threats
Technology Accelerator signs $15.2 million agreement with Photo-Sonics
Arlington, Va. – May 30, 2018 — The U.S Army has awarded a rapid prototyping agreement to Photo-Sonics Inc. to improve the training of soldiers against portable missiles threats. The project, funded through the Army’s Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX), will design and build a system to improve modeling against threats such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and missiles mounted on tracked vehicles.
Shoulder-fired missiles with infrared seekers are the greatest threat faced by slow-moving Army helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The project will help produce countermeasures to the threat.
The effort is funded through what is known as Other Transaction Authority, which is designed to jumpstart the acquisition process and quickly develop a prototype for assessment. Under the terms of its $15.2 agreement, the Chatsworth, Calif.-based Photo-Sonics will produce a prototype for Army review in the coming months. After the review, the Army may choose to develop additional units for further testing and possible deployment.
Photo-Sonics has been a trusted supplier of optical equipment for rocket and missile-related applications to the U.S. Army for over 70 years. The company’s “mini-sextant solution” will build on this robust history to create a prototype system that combines high-precision, high-accuracy capability in a portable and easy-to-use form factor.
“We are honored to be working with the Army on such an important project and we are confident that our technical solution will help address and mitigate and dangerous threat faced by Army pilots,” said Philip Kiel, company president.
The TReX is managed by the Arlington, Va.-based National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), which will provide assistance to Photo-Sonics along the way to completion.
“This TReX project is a critical initiative to protect the warfighter that we couldn’t be prouder to support. NSTXL looks forward to supporting Photo-Sonic through the development process,” said Tim Greeff, CEO of NSTXL
NSTXL offers a unique and simplified approach for the Army and for companies that have technologies they want the Army to consider. NSTXL helps to rapidly identify, develop and transition technologies from innovators to the U.S. military, ranging from individual warfighter gear to large-scale defense systems.
“We link innovators with federal funds, shepherd them through an efficient procurement process measured in weeks not years, and then stay with them through the development process,” Greeff said.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military. www.NSTXL.org
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