The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, has awarded Teledyne Scientific & Imaging LLC, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., a $30.1 million fixed-price contract to supply Aircrew Laser Eye Protection (ALEP) spectacles that provide enhanced protection against threat lasers and other hazards while minimizing visual acuity. The ALEP spectacles will prevent permanent eye damage and temporary visual effects, such as flash blindness from laser weapons or other laser devices, the July 20 contract award said. The quantity of spectacles covered by the contract was not provided.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.