MacAulay-Brown Inc. expects to expand operations with a technology integration lab after the defense contractor won a $40 million Air Force deal to test electronic warfare sensors, according to the Beavercreek-based company.
The new lab would serve both the Air Force and additional customers, company officials said Tuesday.
“We’re finding a need in a lot of … customers,” said Tim Lawrence, MacAulay-Brown senior vice president and general manager. The lab is “an independent investment” to meet those requirements, he said.
Under the latest Air Force Research Laboratory contract, the company builds prototypes to test the effectiveness of electronic warfare equipment. “It really is a contract that builds technologies for studying the success of electronic warfare against bad guys,” he said.
Currently, the research occurs inside the AFRL Sensors Directorate’s Radio Frequency Countermeasures Assessments lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Air Force said.
The defense contractor initially could hire up to eight new employees, mostly engineers, Lawrence said.
A site for the lab hasn’t been selected although the company will likely re-purpose an existing building in the Dayton area within months, officials said. The expansion will add to the company’s footprint beyond the 55,000-square-feet two buildings cover in the Dayton region, said James Soos, a company spokesman.
MacAulay-Brown’s latest AFRL contract is a continuation of ongoing work. The program is called Spectrum Warfare Evaluation Technology Engineering Research, or SWEATER. The five-year deal has an optional two years through December 2022, according to the Air Force.
MacAulay-Brown has roughly 450 employees in the Dayton region among a workforce of about 1,500 across the country, according to the company.
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