Intense Wins Defense Research Deal

Intense wins an £80,000 research contract from BAE Systems for the new Defence Technology Centre on Electromagnetic Remote Sensing

October 30, 2003

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BLANTYRE, U.K. -- Intense, a supplier of optoelectronic products to the telecoms, printing and defence industries has won an £80,000 research contract from BAE Systems for the new Defence Technology Centre (DTC) on Electromagnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS). The EMRS DTC has a £15 million three year contract to carry out leading edge research for the Ministry of Defence aimed at enhancing both performance of sensing equipment and cost effectiveness. The members of the EMRS DTC Consortium are: BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Group, Thales Defence UK Ltd, Roke Manor Research Ltd and Filtronic plc with Corporate Research Centres, universities and companies such as Intense acting as science providers.

Intense has been asked by the Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing Defence Technology Centre to research and develop novel high power 1.5µm semiconductor lasers. The focus of the research is to improve output power and beam quality of short pulsed lasers. Intense's extensive experience in high power lasers and optoelectronic integration has been a key factor in winning the contract.

Neil Weston, President of Sales & Marketing with Intense, said "The award of this programme to Intense will further extend our technology capabilities within the defence market and emphasises our position as an important technology provider to defence customers."

John Roulston, Technical Director with BAE SYSTEMS Avionics Group & Chairman of the EMRS DTC Supervisory Board, said: "The Electro-Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) DTC is a reflection of a modern policy for research which will lead to growing collaboration between the UK defence industry, SMEs, and academia to the mutual benefit of all partners. We are delighted to be able to award this major research contract to Intense which is recognition of their expertise in this field."

Dr. David Joynson, Research Director (Electronic Systems), with the Ministry of Defence said: "The Defence Technology Centre initiative is a model for research collaboration between Government, UK Defence, SMEs and Universities. This collaborative approach to long term research is aimed at improving the exploitation of research outputs to increase MoD capability and to support civil products. MoD is excited to be working in partnership with the EMRS DTC consortium and its associated providers of research."

Intense Photonics Ltd.

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