Leading defense solutions expert, Northrop Grumman, has awarded photonics solutions company Intevac, with a $3.0 million follow-on contract for production deliveries of Intevac’s M506 LIVAR (Laser Illuminated Viewing and Ranging) camera. The award continues Intevac’s multi-year product deliveries of LIVAR cameras incorporating the ISIE6 EBAPS SWIR sensor. Shipments from this award will begin in the first half of 2020.
The M506 LIVAR Gated SWIR Camera System is ideal for covert operations and target identification, supporting lasers from 1.0 – 1.6 µm. Cost-effective, compact and lightweight, this range-gated, two-dimensional imaging camera operates in the eye-safe Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) band, provides day and night coverage, and supports mounted and dismounted operations. The camera system includes the camera, High Voltage Power Supply (HVPS) and Thermoelectric Cooler Controller (TECC). An optional high-PRF version is available that allows the use of low-power, high-PRF diode lasers with the camera in accumulation mode. Working in conjunction with a range detector, the LIVAR M506 system sets the range gate for the target location to provide a stream of digital images optimized for that range. The camera can be set to active master, active slave or passive imaging modes to accommodate a variety of applications.
With its small form factor and easy integration into existing electro-optical targeting systems, the LIVAR M506 offers system integrators an unmatched, cost-effective long range targeting and identification camera. Intevac’s digital night-vision sensors, based on its patented Electron Bombarded Active Pixel Sensor (EBAPS) technology, provide the state-of-the-art capability to the most advanced avionic fighting platforms in the U.S. Department of Defense inventory.