8/18/2003 - Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG) announced that Sanders Design International, Inc. (SDI), with which it has collaborated to develop an advanced infrared countermeasures technology, has received funding from the US Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency (DARPA) to further develop the Spatial Infrared CounterMeasure (SICM) self-protection system for commercial airliners and military aircraft. This innovative system is designed to protect civilian aircraft from shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles potentially available to terrorists.
SDI President Al Hastbacka said, “Our compact devices mounted on aircraft can reduce vulnerability to infrared missiles at a mere fraction of the cost compared to existing systems, which are estimated to cost approximately one million dollars or more per aircraft; some estimate as much as two million dollars each.”
Bernard Gordon, Chairman & CEO of Analogic Corporation, noted, “We believe the innovative Sanders/Analogic design will not only be more effective than conventional techniques but will save the U.S. Government literally billions of dollars over other proposed techniques.
“Currently, 6,700 US airliners, 2,000 business and 3,000 military aircraft are highly vulnerable to IR guided missiles at altitudes up to 15,000 feet during take-off, approach, and landing situations. Based upon proven technology and simulations, this infrared countermeasures invention causes missiles to miss the intended aircraft by a safe distance.” Gordon also noted that at our request a major aerospace company has already carefully reviewed and tested the design concept.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has identified the terrorist threat of infrared missiles as serious and is planning to outfit all US airliners with self-protection IRCM systems. The Transportation Security Working Group (TSWG) has selected SDI, working with Analogic, as a semi-finalist for participation in full-scale IRCM system development contracts, which will be awarded later this year.
Gordon added, “We believe that the combination of Sanders’ long record of pioneering advances in infrared countermeasures technology and Analogic’s history of leadership in designing and manufacturing imaging and control systems should considerably strengthen our nation’s ability to provide advanced security equipment for air travel and other applications, and do so at a surprisingly manageable cost.”
Sanders Design International is a small business founded in 1984 by Royden C. Sanders, Jr., and is based in Wilton, NH. SDI employs over 25 engineering and administrative personnel engaged in research and development of advanced countermeasure systems, automatic target recognition and tracking systems, and precision rapid prototyping systems. Sanders Design is currently under contract with the Naval Air Systems Command to develop a high-performance image processing system as a candidate for use in guidance and navigation of supersonic cruise missiles and reconnaissance image processing for Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) applications.
Analogic Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced health and security systems and subsystems sold primarily to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The Company is recognized worldwide for advancing the state of the art in Computed Tomography (CT), Digital Radiography (DR), Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Patient Monitoring, Cardiovascular Information Management, and Embedded Multiprocessing. Analogic has developed and supplied over 500 EXplosive Assessment Computed Tomography (EXACTTM) scanners as part of a certified Explosive Detection System installed to examine checked luggage at airports around the country. Analogic is also developing an innovative CT-based, 3-D-imaging, explosive detection system to examine carry-on luggage at airports and for other applications.
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