Beavercreek firm lands another multi-million dollar defense contract

Dec 20, 2017
The Air Force Research Laboratory is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF

A Beavercreek defense firm has landed a $21.9 million contract in materials research for the Air Force, according to the Department of Defense.

UES Inc., will develop tools to use to micro-analyze aerospace materials, the Defense Department reported.

The work will be conducted at a lab — known as the Materials Characterization Facility — inside the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, officials said.

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“… The overall goal is to facilitate high-level research over a wide range of material types, while also working to advance existing analytical characterization techniques” to meet Air Force demands, Todd M. Butler, AFRL’s MCF program manager, said in a statement to this newspaper.

The contract expires in April 2023, the Defense Department said.

In May, UES landed a six-year, $47.7 million research deal to protect military warfighters and harden materials against laser attacks. The research will be at a lab at Wright-Patterson.

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That research will focus on protecting personnel, electronics and equipment against a laser’s electronic pulse effect and high temperatures, Veeraraghavan Sundar, UES manager of emerging products, has said.