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SwRI awarded $39 million military contract
Institute staff will support Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

For immediate release

Image: Long-Range Ocular Interrupter, which uses an array of visible lasers to project an eye-safe beam up to several kilometers

Image Courtesy of Southwest Research Institute

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division has awarded Southwest Research Institute a contract worth up to $39 million over five years to continue developing tactical and non-tactical technology. The contract will allow SwRI to continue producing systems such as this Long-Range Ocular Interrupter, which uses an array of visible lasers to project an eye-safe beam up to several kilometers.

San Antonio — October 25, 2016 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) was awarded a contract valued at up to $39 million over the next five years to support the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD).

“NSWCDD is an extremely important customer for SwRI,” said Errol Brigance, a director in SwRI’s Applied Physics Division. “We have served this client over the past eight years and remain committed to providing effective technical solutions that meet contractual, schedule, and customer satisfaction requirements.”

An example of previous NSWCDD developments includes a device that projects an eye-safe laser beam up to several kilometers. SwRI has also developed biometric technology to collect various physiological characteristics and rapidly identify or screen individuals for comparisons to watch lists.

Staff members will perform research, development, technical, and test activities under this contract. SwRI will address emerging needs in tactical and non-tactical systems associated with homeland security, anti-terrorism, mission assurance, force protection, unmanned systems, and related programs. This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract allows SwRI to provide flexible and innovative solutions for complex problems. SwRI will apply the breadth and depth of resources and expertise to solve technical challenges put forth by NSWCDD.

Editors: Images to accompany this release are available at: http://www.swri.org/press/2016/naval-surface-warfare-contract.htm.

For more information, contact Deb Schmid, (210) 522-2254, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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