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Penn State Center in South Buffalo gets $25 million Navy contract

| Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

SOUTH BUFFALO — The Penn State Electro-Optics Center has received a competitive contract with the Navy to further development of military-grade electro-optics technology.

The five-year, $25 million contract was awarded to Penn State University System, University Park, by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division of Patuxent River, Md.

The funds will be used to support the development and transition of electro-optic technology, including fiber-optics and photonics, for use in Naval Air Systems Command platforms.

“The EOC continues to provide our military with essential electro-optics research and development,” said U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown. “Being awarded this competitive contract is further testament to the quality high-tech work being performed in Armstrong County.”

The center, located in the Northpointe at Slate Lick business park, previously secured a $25 million contract to improve Navy aircraft in fall 2003.

According to the Defense Department, all electro-optical work will be performed at EOC and is expected to be completed by 2012.

“This contract demonstrates the effectiveness of the Penn State EOC alliance of industry and academic partners in transitioning electro-optics and related technologies into the hands of our war fighters,” said Karl Harris, EOC director.

Francine Garrone can be reached at fgarrone@tribweb.com.

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