Daylight Defense Successfully Completes Environmental Testing of Fourth Generation Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) System for Infrared Countermeasures


May 16, 2011 – San Diego, CA – Daylight Defense, LLC (Daylight), a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions, Inc., today announced the successful environmental testing of its Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based JammIR™ Series B.4 laser system for military and aerospace applications. The new “Solaris™”system represents the 4th generation in Daylight’s Series B family of multi-Watt, multi-wavelength laser system products.

By leveraging their prior investments in commercial laser modules, Daylight can offer military-grade products such as the Solaris™ laser system at low cost. Earlier generations of the Series B family had been demonstrated to meet the U.S. military’s requirements for environmental ruggedization and reliability. In addition to completing flight tests aboard several helicopter platforms, Daylight’s QCL-based systems have successfully passed the U.S. Army’s reliability characterization test (RCT), demonstrating the high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of these products.

The Solaris™ laser was designed to reduce system weight, and improve the product’s manufacturability. Designed to integrate with direct coupled pointer/tracker assemblies, Solaris™ takes advantage of the broad transmission characteristics of direct coupled pointer/trackers. By doing so, it can provide more efficient jamming lines that are not possible with traditional chalcogenide fiber coupled pointer/trackers. The design enhancements of Solaris™ provide significant increases in capability, while maintaining the integrity of the product family’s high TRL.

“We are pleased that the Solaris™ laser system has performed so well during these tests” said Daylight Defense’s CEO, Dr. Timothy Day. “The design maturity of this product line has been validated through these tests, and gives us high confidence that this offers a low risk solution for our customers, and will provide significant capabilities and value to the warfighter.”

About Daylight Defense

Daylight Defense manufactures high power mid-infrared laser based systems for defense and homeland security applications. The company provides mid-wave (MWIR) and long-wave (LWIR) thermal laser pointers, sensors for stand-off detection of explosives and chemical agents, and high power illuminators for infrared countermeasures, thermal imaging and aiming. Daylight Defense is the leader in military systems based on quantum cascade laser (QCL) technology.

About Daylight Solutions

Daylight Solutions develops molecular detection and imaging systems for use in industrial process controls, scientific research, medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring and defense applications. The company is the world leader in high power, multi-wavelength lasers in the mid-infrared, and offers a line of broadly tunable and fixed wavelength laser sources.  The company also develops miniature sensors based on mid-infrared spectroscopy, enabling small, battery powered devices that are extremely sensitive to the presence of trace amounts of molecules in real-world environments.

The statements contained in this news release are not purely historical and contain forward looking information and statements. These include statements regarding the Company’s expectations, intentions, or strategies regarding future matters. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date released.

Contact: Eric Takeuchi
Daylight Defense, LLC

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