The United States Army has selected Daylight Defense, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions, Inc., to develop next-generation high-power ultraviolet (UV) laser capability for future Defense applications.. The award is funded through the U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR program grants U.S. businesses (with fewer than 500 employees) the chance to provide innovative research and development in response to critical Army needs.
According to a recent solicitation by the U.S. Army, the army plans to use near UV lasers in light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and other applications for helicopter survivability. Additional applications of the technology include trace detection using LIDAR backscatter, include battlefield awareness, bio-fluorescence, and data storage.
Daylight uses its patented quantum cascade laser (QCL) technologies in a line of military laser products that offer high-power and multi-color capabilities. The company’s QCL technologies have a modular open architecture that significantly reduces cycle-time from design to deployment. At the same time, the lasers offer improvements in reliability and lifetime over existing technologies.
“We are grateful that the U.S. Government has entrusted Daylight to develop a next generation capability for future airborne military laser systems,” said 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.”