Leidos has received an initial task order under a potential 87-month, $47 million contract to develop sensing technology as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Electro-Optical Combined Hyperspectral Imaging, Infrared Search and Track, and Long Range Imaging program.
The EO-CHIL program aims to counter anti-access and area denial threats environments with the use of extended-range imaging, hyperspectral sensing and close-in imaging systems equipped with expendable sensors, Leidos said Tuesday.
Under the contract, the company will help AFRL explore imagery technologies that will employ hyperspectral sensing; infrared search and track; and sense and avoid methods.
The project will cover research in the areas of optics, spectrometers, focal plane arrays, field and flight collections algorithms, operational imagery simulation, novel sensors and power technology.
Mike Chagnon, a Leidos group president, said the contract extends collaborative R&D efforts between the company and AFRL on military and intelligence sensing platforms.
“The program fits within our portfolio of sensor, signal and data processing programs across EO, hyperspectral, ladar, radar, synthetic aperture radar, and sonar sensing,” Chagnon added.