Sofradir appoints David Billon-Lanfrey as VP of R&D

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Sofradir, a manufacturer of infrared detectors for military, space and industrial applications, has appointed David Billon-Lanfrey as VP of R&D, technology and products.

As the new head of the technology department at Sofradir, Billon-Lanfrey will oversee a team of 100 that includes world-class engineers in metallurgy, semiconductor materials, microelectronics, optoelectronics, micromechanics, cryogenics and other specialty areas in physics and chemistry, all necessary for the development of infrared detectors. His promotion from within the company ensures a smooth continuation of R&D projects and product developments for customers underway.

'David is taking over the helm of our technological developments at a challenging time, when defence budgets are shrinking and the need to satisfy SWaP (reduce system size, weight and power) requirements for military applications is even more pronounced,' said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir. 'We congratulate David on his new role. His expertise, knowledge and vision of infrared technologies will build upon our tradition of making best-in-class shortwave, midwave and longwave IR detectors and further advance our product portfolio.'

Prior to Billon-Lanfrey's new role, he headed the R&D optronics characterisation team at the company for five years. He was responsible for expanding the team, its role and improving its expertise. Before that, he served for 12 years as project manager for R&D and product development, where he contributed to developing the SADA II product for the US market.

'I am delighted to lead the formidable R&D and technological teams at Sofradir and the researchers at DEFIR, our joint lab with CEA/LETI,' said Billon-Lanfrey. 'They have already introduced a huge number of innovations into our processes and products to the benefit of our customers today. And the ability to push the boundaries in performance of our IR detectors has yet to reach its limit due to the versatility of our mercury cadmium telluride technology that can be used to produce IR detectors in every waveband. That puts us in a truly enviable position.'

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