Significant Multi-Unit Purchase Order for F-35
Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA), a global leader in advanced fiber optic-based technology, today announced that it secured an incremental, multi-unit purchase order for the OBR 6200, portable backscatter reflectometer, through a continued relationship with Lockheed Martin.
Core to Luna’s strategy is moving from single unit sales to multi-unit sales. In 2020, Luna announced a $6.2 million deal with Lockheed Martin to supply optical measurement products to support the global fleet of F-35 aircraft and which extended a long-term relationship resulting in a series of new hardware and software technology developments. Luna’s products, including Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR), help customers precisely detect potential failure points, thereby reducing the time and cost of completing critical projects. The rugged and portable OBR 6200 boasts several critical features including industry-leading accuracy and sensitivity for testing fiber optic networks. Due to its superior resolution and precision, the OBR 6200 exceeds the measurement and diagnostic capabilities of the industry-standard optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR).
“Lockheed Martin is a great partner of ours in the defense and aeronautics industry. We have worked closely together to accelerate the opportunities in this new era of advanced flight that requires pushing the outer limits of engineering technology,” said Scott Graeff, President and CEO of Luna Innovations. “Our relationship with Lockheed Martin validates the quality of our products and our commitment to helping our customers monitor the status of critical assets like the F-35.”
Lockheed Martin and the F-35 program exemplify the resiliency and continued growth opportunities associated with the global defense and aerospace industry, which is projected to grow to nearly $1.1 trillion by 2026 (Aerospace and Defense Market Analysis). Luna anticipates opportunities to accelerate revenue as Lockheed Martin and the industry recover from COVID and expand into advanced air mobility, hypersonics, electric propulsion, and hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Luna Innovations Incorporated (www.lunainc.com) is a leader in optical technology, providing unique capabilities in high-performance, fiber optic-based, test products for the telecommunications industry and distributed fiber optic-based sensing for a multitude of industries. Luna’s business model is designed to accelerate the process of bringing new and innovative technologies to market.
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