Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems wins contract to develop large-format digital reconnaissance camera.
The competitively awarded contract represents a significant step in the development of next-generation, real-time reconnaissance cameras for use in tactical and strategic applications. It strengthens Lockheed Martin's position for an upcoming competition for the U.S. Air Force's Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System (TARS) and extends the company's record of innovative reconnaissance developments. These began with early investments in CCD detectors and fabrication technology in the 1970s, and were realized in the operational realm with recent program wins for the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS) and the Electro-Optical Long-Range Oblique Photography System (EO LOROPS).
The large-format EO framing camera will feature a monolithic detector array, which measures 8 centimeters on a side and replaces the film found in traditional reconnaissance cameras. The single-detector array contains 85 million pixels (9216 x 9216). Its unique on-chip image motion compensation technology eliminates moving parts and provides high performance from supersonic airborne platforms. Lockheed Martin will fabricate the array using its 5-inch wafer foundry in Manassas, Va. Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems designs, develops and manufactures visible and infrared electro-optical reconnaissance and surveillance systems, cockpit television systems, mid-wave forward looking infrared sensors and missile seekers. It also produces visible and infrared CCDs and cameras for use in medical, space and military applications.
Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a highly diversified advanced technology company with approximate annual sales of $30 billion. It has more than 190,000 employees worldwide.
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