Military Embedded Systems

UAS survivability the focus of AKHAN/Lockheed Martin collab on diamond-based coatings


October 16, 2019

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AUSA 2019--WASHINGTON. AKHAN Semiconductor, together with Lockheed Martin, announced at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition that it had successfully demonstrated a new diamond-based coating technology that will enhance survivability of manned and unmanned military aircraft systems.

The successful tests, say AKHAN officials, prove that the company’s diamond coating will be an effective countermeasure to state-of-the-art directed energy weapons -- including electromagnetic, kinetic, and laser energy weapons -- when applied to sensitive control systems and cockpit areas. For its part, Lockheed Martin supplied the testing environment and expertise to simulate the force of directed-energy weapons on coated and uncoated fused silica samples.

“The opportunity to apply our technology to serve our nation’s security and defense is an honor not taken lightly,” said Adam Khan, CEO and Founder of AKHAN. “We are extremely grateful to be working with Lockheed Martin to demonstrate the capabilities and myriad applications of our Miraj Diamond coatings.”

According to company information, mulitlayer antireflective coatings are crucial to military sensor and detector applications; AKHAN's technology, say company officials, solve the problems of coatings' delamination, degradation, and fluctuating optical transmissivity. The new coatings, say the companies, are ultra-hard, resistant to scratching, have high thermal conductivity, are water-repellent, are chemically and biologically inert, and are highly transmissive at a variety of critical angles.


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