BAE to Demonstrate a New Optical Seeker for DARPA
Under a $13.1 million contract award, BAE Systems will demonstrate a new optical seeker for precision-guided munitions for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The seeker is intended to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions used in GPS-denied and other contested environments, according to the company. BAE Systems tested the seeker during the first phase of DARPA's Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program. The seeker enables autonomous precision guidance via passive electro-optical and infrared sensors. "Low-cost, precision munitions are critical to our customers, which is why we've developed a flexible seeker that radically lowers the cost typically associated with precision guidance," said Mark Meisner, chief scientist at BAE Systems. "The SECTR program is allowing us to deliver advanced sensing and navigation capabilities for munitions to warfighters faster."