The fixed-fee contract spans 75 months, and SAIC is tasked with performing research to identify thresholds for biological injury and optical exposure. The company will use its Solutions and Technology Group’s machine learning tools for laser injury assessments.
More specifically, SAIC’s work will include researching laser bioeffects, advancing vision science, conducting modeling and simulation, and providing safety engineering — all part of improving the survival and safety of airmen in combat and allowing U.S. forces to counter optical hazards.
“We need to keep airmen safe and able to perform their missions effectively on a directed energy battlefield,” said Michael LaRouche, executive vice president and general manager of SAIC’s National Security Customer Group.
This isn’t the first time the company has worked with bioeffects research.
“Having delivered in-house research for the 711 Human Performance Wing – Optical Radiation Bioeffects Branch for the past 26 years, we’re well positioned to deliver next generation solutions in optical warfare,” LaRouche said.