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KBR Lands $48.5M USAF Contract for Optoelectronic Research; Byron Bright Quoted

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Byron Bright
Byron Bright KBR

KBR announced on Monday that the company has secured a $48.5 million recompete contract to support optoelectronic technology research for the U.S Air Force's Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate's Optoelectronic Technology Branch (RYDH). The five-year award will require KBR to analyze military and commercial developmental devices focusing on emerging electronic, plasmonic, electro-optic and photonic technology.

"Our team will advance optoelectronic technology research through this recompete. We're excited to continue our collaborative relationship with RYDH, which has already produced 45 conference presentations and four patents awarded as a direct result of our ongoing work over the last five years," commented Byron Bright, KBR Global Government Solutions president and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient. 

KBR will work and research devices involving lasers, waveguides, detectors, and focal plane arrays. The company will evaluate materials, including semiconductors, nonlinear crystals, and laser gain media, and more broadly, applications of the subject devices and materials. 

The research KBR will perform applies to most airborne platforms, like the F-35 Lightning II and space assets such as Wideband Global SATCOM and Global Positioning System satellites.

KBR has supported researching and developing laser systems for the Air Force's RYDH since 2010. KBR has substantial experience in the laser research field, having worked with high-efficiency laser materials and devices, optical fiber and waveguide confined light sources, along with multi-physics computer models of advanced laser systems.

The contract work will be performed in Dayton, Ohio. The Air Force's 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron awarded the cost-plus, fixed-fee task order under the Department of Defense (DOD) Information Analysis Center's (IAC) multiple-award contract.

About KBR

KBR delivers science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world. KBR employs approximately 29,000 people worldwide, with customers in more than 80 countries and operations in 40 countries. KBR works with its customers worldwide to provide technology, value-added services, and long-term operations and maintenance services to ensure consistent delivery with predictable results.

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