G&H’S NEWLY ALIGNED AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE BUSINESS POWERS COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION

When G&H made the decision to acquire Kent Periscopes, StingRay Optics, and Gould Fiber Optics, we aimed to create something greater than the sum of these collective acquisitions. With each business, we have not only expanded our optical solutions portfolio, global reach, and design and manufacturing resources; we’ve also opened new possibilities for augmented innovation based on the complementary capabilities these three companies brought into our fold.

Now part of G&H Aerospace and Defense, we have new, technology-focused manufacturing centers in key regions, that support development of more advanced optical technologies as well as more vertically oriented optical assemblies and systems.

Our newly integrated company further ensures global operations are both fluent and compliant with geographically specific industry regulations, such as those implemented under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the UK’s Ministry of Defence. 

In short, G&H’s strategy enabled us to remake our company from a leading optical components supplier into a unified global source for vertically integrated optical systems, innovation, and expertise.

INTEGRATION OF G&H ACQUISITIONS OFFERS STREAMLINED COMMERCIAL INTERFACE FOR A&D CONTRACTORS

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In order to remain competitive and operationally effective in a changing world, prime aerospace and defense contractors increasingly seek to consolidate their supply chains by geography and/or technology. As a leading global supplier of advanced optical solutions for the industry, G&H has been quick to notice this trend and identify the solution.

In order to better map our capabilities to these shifting market demands, we began with a string of strategic acquisitions that added Kent Periscopes, StingRay Optics, and Gould Fiber Optics to the G&H Group. Their now complete integration and alignment within our company has created a new more vertically aligned business able to help streamline customer supply chains and offer more collaborative optical design and manufacturing solutions.

Our newly streamlined commercial interface offers consistent alignment of operating terms and conditions, ensures consistent pricing policies and methods across geographies and markets, and enforces G&H’s highly regarded program management, contract discipline, and life-cycle management practices as universal standards throughout.

Today, G&H’ is uniquely positioned to serve the evolving demands of aerospace and defense contractors worldwide.

Realigned G&H Expands Capabilities Up the Value Chain for Aerospace and Defense

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The extreme operating environments and stringent demands of aerospace and defense applications require optical platforms to deliver uncompromising performance, precision, and reliability – from systems all the way down to the component level. Such high standards demand a level of expertise and control over the design, manufacturing, and assembly of optical systems that individual component suppliers can struggle to provide.

As a leading global supplier of advanced optical solutions, G&H recognized the most effective way to resolve this challenge for customers was to extend our capabilities further up the value chain. Our solution began with a string of strategic acquisitions that added Kent Periscopes, StingRay Optics, and Gould Fiber Optics into the G&H fold, followed by an internal alignment of the complementary technologies and manufacturing synergies that these companies brought.

Expanded and realigned, G&H can now confidently provide higher-level optical assembly or system solutions and innovate new solutions for aerospace and defense contractors. Our more vertically integrated structure also optimizes our ability to leverage broader research, design, and manufacturing synergies across our business and enable customers to achieve greater profitability through lower execution costs and higher margins.

HOW G&H IS HELPING AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE CONTRACTORS LEVERAGE FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY MORE COST-EFFECTIVELY

G&H acquired Gould Fiber Optics in response to the accelerating adoption of optical fiber technology aerospace and defense applications. The strengthening of our design and manufacturing potential means that we are able to deliver end-to-end fiber optic design and manufacturing solutions and support contractors seeking improved quality, margins, and time-to-market.

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As aerospace and defense platforms face converging demands for more bandwidth and optimized size, weight, and power (SWaP) profiles, the industry’s adoption of fiber optic solutions is on track to accelerate. With its recent acquisition of Gould Fiber Optics, G&H is well positioned to support these trends, and the end-to-end fiber optic solutions now offered by the newly integrated company can help prime contractors improve product quality, margins, and time-to-market.

The growing adoption of optical fiber is being driven in part by broader deployment of emerging platforms, such as UAVs as well as ever more compact and lightweight space launch vehicles and satellites. But optical fiber also offers an alternative to copper wiring for defense contractors seeking to reduce overall system size and weight in next-generation land-based vehicles. Unlike conventional electronics, fiber optic systems are intrinsically resistant to electromagnetic interference (EMI). In addition to improving the safety of commercial aircraft and the security of defense vehicles, fiber’s EMI resistance eliminates the need for special shielding – which offers further opportunities for weight and size reduction.

The advantages of fiber’s significantly higher bandwidth are well established in the high-speed communication and data networks linking military installations, and in enabling situational awareness on board airborne, maritime, and land platforms. However, fiber technology is also critical to the advancement of sensors and radar components tasked with tracking, identifying, and targeting objects with speed and accuracy.

Given these benefits and others, the challenge for many aerospace and defense contractors is how to best implement fiber optic technology to retrofit their legacy systems and effectively innovate advanced new platforms. With our realignment into a more vertically integrated one-stop source for fiber optic solutions, G&H can now provide contractors higher-level assembly and system solutions, or innovate those solutions organically. The integration of Gould also optimizes our ability to leverage broader research, design, and manufacturing synergies across our new businesses and achieve greater profitability through lower execution costs and higher margins.

To learn more about how a more vertically integrated G&H can help you cost-effectively leverage the benefits of fiber optic technology, visit us at Stand N8-230 during DSEI 2019.

HOW G&H IS IMPROVING FIBER OPTIC SYSTEMS FOR AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE FROM THE GROUND UP

With the acquisition of Gould Fiber Optics, G&H also gained that company’s unique GlasSolder™ manufacturing process allowing us to now offer expanded options for raising overall performance of fiber optic packaging in navigation and sensing applications for aerospace and defense, as well in as high-speed data or communication networks.

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Aerospace and defense systems set an uncommonly high standard for performance and reliability, which demands stringent attention down to the component level and even to the bonds and junctures within them. G&H acquired Gould Fiber Optics with these demands very much in mind. The vertical integration this acquisition allowed not only ensures more uniform system quality from the bottom up; it also allows us to leverage unique manufacturing capabilities, such as Gould’s GlasSolder™ process, to raise overall performance of fiber optic packaging in applications such as navigation, sensing, and high-speed data or communication networks.

The GlasSolder™ process produces a uniform solder bead that affixes an optical fiber to a silica substrate with exceptional mechanical and environmental stability. The bond formed is much stronger than epoxy and more closely aligns with silica’s coefficient of thermal expansion, offering greater stability across a broader temperature range and improved tolerance of thermal cycling.

GlasSolder™ packaging is also more resistant to humidity – improving system ruggedness – and eliminates the outgassing typical of organic adhesives, helping to minimize beam distortion and performance degradation in fiber optic systems.

By enabling more reliable fiber optic packaging, GlasSolder™ represents a foundational improvement to G&H’s overall system design and manufacturing capabilities. The most immediate potential targets are navigation systems used in avionics and defense, for which we are a leading global designer and manufacturer of precision optical components, pump lasers, and fiber-optic couplers. Specifically, GlasSolder™ offers strong resistance to humidity, which supports performance and reliability improvements for ring laser gyroscopes used in airborne or maritime navigation. Similarly, it withstands thermal extremes and cycling to offer broader design latitudes for fiber-optic gyros used to guide the flight of UAVs and other airborne platforms.

As aerospace and defense systems employ fiber optic components in increasing density across a growing number of applications, the value of GlasSolder™ to system-level performance and reliability will continue to multiply. To learn more or discuss how it can help G&H improve your system-level design, please stop by Stand N8-230 at DSEI 2019.

RESTRUCTURED G&H OFFERS END-TO-END FIBER OPTICS SOLUTIONS FOR AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE

The acquisition of Gould Fiber Optics complemented G&H’s world-class selection of active fiber optic solutions with a broad new portfolio of passive fiber components. Further enhancing our design and manufacturing leadership, the move introduces new opportunities for aerospace and defense contractors to streamline their supply chain and ensure higher product quality.

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With G&H’s acquisition of Gould Fiber Optics last year, we not only complemented our active fiber optic solutions with a broad new portfolio of passive fiber components, we also extended G&H’s value along two important vectors: We opened new opportunities in regional aerospace and defense markets, and enabled our company to capture a larger portion of that industry’s value chain.

Gould’s passive components encompass single and multimode fiber optic couplers, splitters, wavelength-division multiplexers (WDM), attenuators, interconnects, and planar waveguides. However, the strategic value underlying Gould goes well beyond this list of components.

For example, the newly integrated company combines G&H’s leadership in fused fiber optic components with Gould’s sophisticated manufacturing capabilities in polarization-maintaining fiber couplers. The confluence of these technologies promises fiber optic assemblies for metrology and inertial guidance solutions that are more accurate and reliable across broader temperature ranges versus conventional systems.

Gould further introduced new fiber pre-processing capabilities that enable a wider range of multiple-port-count components able to support high-power applications. This distinctive capability offers particular value to aerospace and defense contractors developing directed-energy weapons.

These examples only touch the surface of the innovation potential that emerged for G&H Aerospace and Defense.

If you would like to learn more about these and other synergies possible through our end-to-end fiber optic solutions, come and see us at DSEI 2019.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Gould streamlined G&H’s access to the US aerospace and defense market through broader compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). In addition, they enhanced our design and manufacturing leadership, and positioned us to deliver more vertically aligned fiber optic solutions in support of improved quality, margins, and time-to-market for prime contractors worldwide.

KENT PERISCOPES’ SABRE TI GUNNER AND COMMANDER’S SIGHT AT DSEI 2019 SHOWCASES THE NEW G&H

Kent’s range of Sabre Ti Gunner/Commander Sights from G&H is designed for small to medium turret systems. Offering an optional laser range finder, the sights leverage the latest in ITAR-free uncooled thermal image technology to enable users to see deep into the battlefield for long-range surveillance and target acquisition range during both night and day.

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Part of G&H since 2016, Kent endures as a world-class brand for electro-optic sighting systems for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). The acquisition combined our leadership in ruggedized optical components and assemblies with Kent Periscopes’ corresponding expertise in ruggedized optical systems and subsystems to introduce unique new opportunities to cost-effectively optimize the reliability of periscope systems from the ground up.

As a fully tested, turnkey thermal imaging system optimized for demanding combat theaters, the Sabre Ti is representative of the benefits possible through the new, more vertically integrated G&H.

Come view and experience live demos of our Sabre Ti by visiting Stand N8-230 at DSEI 2019.

KENT PERISCOPES’ EMBEDDED IMAGE PERISCOPE AT DSEI 2019 EXEMPLIFIES THE NEW G&H

Kent’s Embedded Image Periscope (EIP) from G&H provides standard unity vision for normal daytime viewing of armored vehicle surroundings. It also offers the option to superimpose digital images from on-vehicle sensors and cameras for low-light viewing, as well as shortwave (SWIR), midwave (MWIR), and thermal image enhancement.

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Becoming part of G&H in 2016, Kent endures as a world-class brand for electro-optic sighting systems for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). The acquisition merged G&H’s expertise in optimizing FOV and resolution for short, mid, and longwave infrared imagers with Kent’s proficiency at integrating these imaging modalities into complex assemblies and finished sighting systems.

The benefits of the more vertically integrated G&H are exemplified by the EIP, which is a fully assembled and tested turnkey system designed for fast installation and reliable performance in new or existing armored vehicles.

Come view and experience our EIP during live demos at Stand N8-230 at DSEI 2019.

G&H’S INTEGRATION OF KENT PERISCOPES SIGNALS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE, RELIABILITY, AND MARGINS FOR AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

With the integration of Kent’s expertise and capabilities, G&H is even better able to deliver a world-class portfolio of precision optic components backed by industry-leading systems integration and testing expertise. The realigned G&H offers aerospace and defense contractors a one-stop resource for end-to-end design, manufacturing, and testing of advanced optical solutions.

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Acquired by G&H in 2016, Kent Periscopes’ product range continues to be sold under the Kent brand.. But the addition of Kent gained us more than a portfolio of electro-optic sighting systems for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs). The subsequent alignment of our two businesses combined G&H’s extensive offering of precision optic components with Kent’s systems integration and testing expertise. What emerged from this union is a more vertically integrated enterprise better positioned to offer end-to-end design, manufacturing, and testing support for optical solutions in the global aerospace and defense industry.

The ruggedized optical systems and subsystems offered by the Kent line fits neatly with our corresponding expertise in ruggedized optical components and assemblies, offering contractors unique opportunities to cost-effectively optimize the reliability of their systems from the ground up.

Further positioning G&H as a new one-stop source for optical solutions, the integration of Kent introduces significantly broadened capabilities for testing optical solutions through every stage of development, from components through finished systems. We can now support development of prime contractor designs with 3D solid modeling; fast prototyping through 3D printing, finite element analysis (FEA) simulation; thermal, shock, and vibration testing; and environmental stress screening.

The value of G&H’s more vertically aligned design, manufacturing, and testing services for optical solutions cannot be overstated for prime contractors, who are actively seeking to consolidate their supply chains to achieve greater profitability through lower execution costs and higher margins. 

If you would like to learn more about how these and other synergies from G&H Aerospace and Defense can help your business, come and see us at DSEI 2019.

Valuable synergies emerged, for example, as we aligned our high-quality optical component manufacture and coating capabilities with the Kent team’s expertise in multi-spectral optical system design and assembly. These synergies have allowed development of complex new optical systems and greatly expanded G&H’s ability to support imaging applications in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Our integration of Kent also introduces new opportunities in rangefinding, target tracking, and acquisition, and directed-energy weapon (DEW) systems.

NEW AT DSEI 2019, A RESTRUCTURED G&H UNVEILS STINGRAY OPTICS NIGHTCRAWLIR™ MWIR CZ OPTICS

With the launch of its new StingRay line of NightCrawlIR™ infrared (IR) imaging lenses at DSEI 2019, G&H will demonstrate the benefits of more than just its latest product.

The new ITAR-free, mediumwave infrared (MWIR), continuous zoom (CZ) optics are ruggedized for demanding aerospace and defense applications, such as integrated imaging systems mounted on land vehicles or UAVs. G&H also offers modified mechanical and software configurations through its StingRay range, as well as camera, controller, and video system integrations.

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Designed with an emphasis on price and performance, NightCrawlIR™ lenses exemplify the capabilities of the new G&H, which acquired US-based StingRay Optics to form a new, more vertically integrated industry resource offering end-to-end design and manufacturing capabilities for IR optics, complex optomechanical assemblies, and finished IR imaging systems.

Our new NightCrawlIR™ lenses will be on display at Stand N8-230 during DSEI 2019.

G&H REALIGNS TO BECOME A ONE-STOP SOURCE FOR INFRARED OPTICS, ASSEMBLIES, AND SYSTEMS

StingRay Optics’ integration into G&H has created a new powerhouse for infrared imaging solutions for aerospace and defense that combines a leading portfolio of infrared optics with custom infrared lens design, testing and assembly capabilities. The benefit for prime contractors worldwide is a more vertically integrated single source for infrared imaging solutions.

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G&H’s acquisition of US-based StingRay Optics two years ago occurred against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in infrared imaging for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for aerospace and defense. The immediate benefits were a significantly diversified portfolio of infrared optics, expanded production capacity, and streamlined access to the US aerospace and defense market through broader compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The most important gain, however, was the emergence of a new, more vertically integrated industry resource able to help prime contractor customers consolidate their supply chains, improve margins, and ensure product quality.

While infrared imaging has been a fixture in aerospace and defense applications for decades, the industry has seen adoption accelerate with the growth in UAVs and satellite platforms, as well as from emerging applications for shortwave infrared (SWIR) imaging. The integration of StingRay put us ahead of the curve on all of these trends. Today, the StingRay name and product portfolio continue as a brand of infrared imaging solutions under the G&H flag.

Prior to this, G&H had for decades been a leading supplier of ruggedized infrared aspherics and other optics, with proven applications in rangefinding, reconnaissance, surveillance, target identification and designating, and thermal imaging. The addition of StingRay brings a significant expansion to our SWIR, midwave (MWIR), longwave (LWIR), and broadband lens component offerings, enabling us to expand our support for these key application markets.

These standard products represent only a fraction of StingRay’s portfolio, however; most of its business derived from custom infrared lens design, testing, and assembly. So with the addition of StingRay, G&H gained full production capabilities for complex optomechanical assemblies and finished infrared imaging systems. We also acquired inroads into new application markets, such as helicopter gimbal platforms and space-based imaging.

As a more vertically integrated global leader in infrared imaging technology, G&H can now provide contractors with higher-level optical assembly or system solutions and can innovate those solutions organically. With the internal alignment of StingRay, we can also leverage broader research, design, and manufacturing synergies across our new businesses and achieve greater profitability through lower execution costs and higher margins.

If you would like to learn more about G&H’s new custom design and assembly capabilities for infrared imaging systems, come and see us at DSEI 2019.