Leonardo DRS, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A., is a leading supplier
of integrated products, services and support to organizations worldwide. The Network
and Imaging Systems (NIS) division develops, manufactures and supports electro-optical
technologies, including advanced cooled and uncooled thermal imaging solutions for
industrial, security, public safety and firefighting purposes, as well as for man-portable,
ground-vehicle, airborne, and maritime applications.
World Class Manufacturing
DRS NIS was formed through a series of acquisitions beginning in 1995 with the purchase
of Opto Mechanik Inc (OMI) in Melbourne, Florida. OMI was an optics manufacturer
of visible and thermal imaging applications in commercial and military systems.
In 1998, Leonardo DRS purchased portions of Texas Instruments and Hughes Aircraft's
infrared sensors and systems businesses from the Raytheon Company after the Department
of Justice required their divestiture. These businesses provided DRS with technology
from the common module detector that dated back to the 1960's and 1970's. Texas
Instruments and Hughes Aircraft were two of the premier infrared sensor and system
providers at the time and the assets and technology purchased during this time became
the cornerstone for DRS’ superior technology and advanced manufacturing processes.
The 2001 acquisition of the Focal Plane Array business from the Boeing Corporation
provided the critical infrared technology needed to complete the technology and
capability portfolio. This business segment designed and manufactured infrared sensors
and systems, and through an acquisition of Rockwell, was the first licensee of the
uncooled microbolometer technology from Honeywell. Leonardo DRS obtained this
license through the sale from Boeing. These important acquisitions from 1995 to
2001, combined with continued investment in research and development, resulted in
DRS Network and Imaging Systems becoming a premier infrared technology, design and
Leonardo DRS has been a leader in the revolution towards the next generation
of low power, compact size, high reliability and high performance thermal imaging
components and sensor systems. Advances in mid-wave and long-wave technology, along
with patented flat spring cooler technology and pixel pitch design has thrust Leonardo DRS to the forefront of both uncooled and cooled thermal imaging systems.
With nearly half a century of infrared innovation, Leonardo DRS is exceptionally
well-positioned for meeting the needs of fast-growing commercial applications leading
to the creation of DRS’ Infrared Sensors & Systems (IS&S) and DRSInfrared.com to
support commercial applications. With operations in Melbourne, Fla., Huntsville,
Ala., Dallas, Tex., Cypress, Calif., Columbia, Md. and the UK, DRS NIS is the prominent
provider of infrared technology and sensors, embedded diagnostics, information solutions
and operational energy for military agencies and industry partners alike.
Leonardo DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo which employs
more than 45,000 people worldwide.