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Sensors: Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio - The Sensors Directorate leads the discovery, development, and integration of affordable sensor and countermeasure technologies for our warfighters. In collaboration with other AFRL directorates and DoD organizations, the directorate develops sensors for air and space reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare systems. The directorate's vision is to provide robust sensors and adaptive countermeasures that guarantee complete freedom of air, space, and cyber operations for our forces, and deny these capabilities to our adversaries. Its core technology areas include: radio frequency and electro-optical sensing, sensor fusion and exploitation, network enabled spectrum warfare, and revolutionary devices and components.

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FALCON Fast, Far, and First

Working with industry partner ITT Advanced Engineering & Sciences, AFRL Sensors scientists demonstrated FALCON, an operationally capable Fast Airborne Laser Communications Optical Node.

Geolocation Goes Underground With Latest Advance

Location-finding technology has descended to a new level low beneath the earth’s surface. AFRL Sensors scientist participated in a successful demonstration testing of subsurface navigation (SSN) technology, which provides navigational solutions for scenarios involving underground operations.

I am AFRL, Monica Allen

Senior Electronics Engineer. I first get to work with real life problems that are facing the military today. And within that context, I have the freedom to explore my ideas that would provide unique solutions to these real world problems.

Self-Healing Circuits Boost Performance, Cut Costs

In supporting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) pursuit of affordable high-performance electronics, AFRL sensors scientists are addressing the tendency of high-frequency integrated circuits to become increasingly smaller and, further, more costly due to mounting difficulties in achieving totally defect-free parts.

Sensors Engineers Ever Vigilant in Warfighter Response

AFRL fabricated and tested an innovative sensor for detecting the launch and flight of shoulder-fired heat seeking missiles.

"RADICAL" Improvements to IED Detection

The urgency of improvised explosive device (IED) threat mitigation for deployed troops warrants an immediate and sweeping response, and an AFRL/Electronic Systems Center (ESC) program aptly hailed as RADICAL-referenced more formally as the Remote-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Detection Identification and Classification Algorithms effort- is to provide ground forces operating in urban and similarly complex terrain with real-time, accurate information concerning the presence, type, and location of IED-associated electronics.