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June 26, 2024

Westborough optics company awarded Army contract for anti-aircraft missile eyepiece

A two-story brick office building Image | Courtesy of Google Maps Kopin Corp.'s Westborough headquarters

Kopin Corp., a Westborough-based manufacturer of optical and electronic display equipment, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to develop a high-resolution eyepiece for use in a next-generation anti-aircraft missile.

Kopin has been tasked with developing the eyepiece assembly for the new Commanders Launch Assembly, to be used in the Army’s Next Generation-Short Range Interceptor system. 

The Army has long-planned to develop this new short-range air defense missile system, a situation made more urgent by the shipment of older models of anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine, according to a press release issued by Kopin on Wednesday. 

“We believe the opportunity to supply our eyepiece assemblies for missile launch targeting and control systems provides Kopin with a significant expansion of our market, product base, production quantities and significant revenue potential of approximately $5 million to $10 million per year, for several years, once production begins,” Bill Maffucci, Kopin’s senior vice president of business development and strategy, said in the press release. 

The NG-SRI system is meant to replace the FIM-92 Stinger, a portable anti-aircraft missile first developed in 1981. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to skyrocketing demand for Stingers and other anti-aircraft weapons; Waltham-based defense company Raytheon has called in retired employees to help restart Stinger production, according to a June 2023 report from Defense One, a military-focused news website. 

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