Navitar supplies lens systems for US Navy aircraft carriers
The Defense Supply Center in Columbus, Ohio (DSCC) has awarded Navitar a contract with for a multi-element lens assembly to be used by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR) in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The lens assembly requested by the DSCC has been approved for use in the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) of US Navy aircraft carriers, specifically within the Optical Landing System (OLS).
The origins of the lens assembly lie with Buhl Optical, an optics company previously based in Pittsburgh, PA, that was acquired by Navitar in 1997. Buhl first manufactured the lens assembly for the Navy in 1989. Navitar engineers worked with NAVAIR to make slight modifications and improvements to the specifications and updated the lens design to meet today's high-tech standards.
'We are pleased to have been selected to work with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR) and be a vendor of the DSCC,' commented Julian Goldstein, president of Navitar. 'Navitar acquired Buhl Optical and more recently Special Optics, in order to expand the markets and customers we serve. Navitar is very proud to continue our association with the US Navy.'