Essex Corp., a developer of optoelectronic processors and technology for signal processing applications, announced that the US Department of Defense (DoD), Naval Air Warfare Center, has awarded the company a five-year IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract with a potential value of $25 M.

This contract was competitively procured and continues research started under the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program.

The company also received a fully funded $2.4 M task under the contract to design a next generation Advanced Optical Processor (AOP) demonstration unit during the next 12 months for the US Missile Defense Agency.

Under this IDIQ contract, Essex will use their unique signal processing technologies to enhance DoD radar programs. During the past decade or more, the company has built a family of proprietary assets to solve the signal processing challenges confronted by today's radar and telecommunications systems (optical, DSL and wireless).

These assets include: proprietary optoelectronic processors, such as AOP and ImSyn™; optical devices, such as hyperfine WDM; specialized image processing algorithms and a specialized team of engineers.