AFRL laser research contract won by SAIC

RESTON, Va. U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) officials selected Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to research laser bioeffects, advance vision science, conduct modeling and simulation, and perform safety engineering. The Optical Radiation Bioeffects and Safety contract is valued at $58 million.

Under the 75-month, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract, SAIC’s team will cover wide-ranging research to define thresholds for biological injury and correlate optical exposure with performance. SAIC will also leverage machine learning capabilities from its Solutions and Technology Group as they seek to enhance laser injury assessments.

The research program will enhance airman combat survivability by enabling U.S. forces to counter optical hazards and threats.