DRS Technologies will develop and demonstrate a new near-mid wavelength infrared active detection receiver system under a U.S. $6.3 million contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The ultra-sensitive infrared detection device will utilize DRS’ unique Mercury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe) electron avalanche photodiode (e-APD) focal plane array technology. When associated with suitable laser illumination source, it could be used for detecting land-based threats, forming a key subsystem for next-generation electro-optical threat warning systems. The receiver will be delivered for testing by November 2008. The total contract award could reach $13.7 million, if a $7.4 million option is exercised.