LightWorks Optical Systems, Inc. Receives Contract from Lockheed Martin For
F-15 Infrared Focus Assembly Production
MURRIETA, Calif. -- October 9, 2013
LightWorks Optical Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq:
IIVI), and leading provider of high precision optical assemblies, objectives,
optics, thin film coatings and optical materials, has been awarded a second
contract from Lockheed Martin for the production of specialized Infrared Focus
Assemblies integral to the Infrared Search and Track (IRST™) sensor system for
the F-15. The contract includes an option to add up to 80 more optical
assemblies through 2013.
This second infrared Focus Assembly award represents more than $15 million,
and together with a series of other related contract awards, totals over $42
million in booked commitments associated with a US Foreign Military Sales
Contract. LightWorks Optical Systems has a long history with Lockheed Martin
as a preferred supplier of advanced optical systems and assemblies, and has
been building optics for the F-15 IRST Infrared Focus Assembly (IFA) and
external window, or Dome assembly, since 2002.
“We are very pleased to again be working with Lockheed Martin on this
significant foreign military sales contract,” said LightWorks Optical System’s
General Manger, Andrew Riser. “We have added new skilled personnel to
accommodate the aggressive production schedule, with new additions anticipated
over the next couple of years. Especially gratifying is our collaboration with
Lockheed Martin to re-qualify an improved ultra-durable coating for the domes
that will extend the life-cycle of the IRST optics.”
Lockheed Martin’s IRST system is used on military aircraft to detect and track
enemy objects which emit infrared radiation, such as jet aircraft and
helicopters, without exposing themselves to detection. IRST can also be used
as an alternative to radar-based search and track functions, when external
radar is being used to vector them onto a target.
Deliveries of the IRST optical assemblies associated with this contract began
in late 2012 and are expected to extend into early 2017. IRST is a trademark
of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
For more information about LightWorks Optical System’s full range of design,
engineering and manufacturing capabilities, please call 714-247-7175, or visit
our new website at www.lwos.com.
About LightWorks Optical Systems
LightWorks Optical Systems, Inc. (LWOS) is a leading provider of high
precision optical assemblies, objectives, optics, thin film coatings and
optical materials. LWOS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated
(Nasdaq: IIVI) and operates from facilities located in Murrieta and Tustin,
California. The company’s award-winning design, engineering, and production
capabilities are meeting the complex optical needs of customers in the
medical, defense, aerospace, and commercial industries. LWOS is
ISO-9001/AS9100/ISO13485 Registered. For more information visit our new
website at www.lwos.com.
LightWorks Optical Systems
Katherine Mansfield, 714-247-7175
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