G&H Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace and Defense Optics for Mission-Critical Applications

In harsh aerospace and defense environments there are no second chances. Mission-critical technology demands uncompromising precision, absolute reliability, and close partnerships with suppliers. For more than seven decades, G&H has delivered proven optical solutions for aerospace, avionics, and defense platforms, including ruggedized commercial photonic components, build-to print-products, and full-scale development of customized solutions.

We are recognized for the breadth of our acousto-optic, electro-optic, crystal-optic, fiber optic, and precision optic products. Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, however, represent only part of G&H’s capabilities. Our engineers bring decades of experience working closely with program managers at prime aerospace and defense suppliers. We are able to take on projects at any stage of development and apply rigorous contract discipline and life-cycle management practices to help ensure optimal earned value for your program.

Our leadership in supporting mission-critical applications with high-performance optical components, modules, and subassemblies has established G&H as a preferred supplier for leading aerospace and defense contractors around the globe. Our technology and expertise in optical design and manufacture have helped advance programs and missions in several key application areas. Learn More. 

A World Leader in Aerospace and Defense Optics

Imaging Optics

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other airborne platforms gather more image data more quickly during ever-longer flight times. G&H’s precision optical components and advanced lens assemblies enable optimal FOV and resolution for short, mid- and longwave infrared imagers, making them critical elements in aerospace and defense platforms used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Our SWIR lens assemblies are also used in monitoring directed energy weapons performance. Learn More. 

Photonic Components for Directed Energy

The speed and precision that photonics technology enables is instrumental for the directed energy weapons (DEW) applied to missile defense. With decades of close collaboration with prime defense contractors and avionics manufacturers, G&H brings the exacting design and manufacturing expertise required for the fiber optics, electric-optic modulators, and sights and windows that help ensure DEW platforms perform reliably. Learn More. 

Target Designation and Rangefinder Optics

Target designation and rangefinding tasks necessitate uncompromising accuracy and reliability under the most demanding conditions, whether they involve an integrated warfighter operating in the fog of battle or a missile targeting system with milliseconds to lock onto a target. The optical coatings and opto-mechanical lens assemblies produced by G&H not only ensure consistently reliable performance for these aerospace and defense systems but can also help reduce size, weight, and power demands to support greater portability and wider deployment. learn More.

Optics-Based Gyroscopes for Navigation

G&H is a leading designer and manufacturer of precision optical components, pump lasers, and fiber-optic couplers for inertial navigation systems used in avionics and defense. Whether the application calls for a ring laser gyroscope for airborne or maritime navigation or a fiber-optic gyro to guide the flight of a missile or UAV, G&H offers proven expertise in the development of both legacy and emerging inertial platforms. Learn More. 

Space Photonics

Space-based platforms must deliver uncompromised signal transmission and reliability in supremely harsh environments. Space-qualified optical components, lens assemblies, and subsystems from G&H deliver consistently excellent connectivity and bandwidth for intrasatellite and satellite-to-ground communications. Our expertise in fiber optics and photonic signal processing is also increasingly leveraged to enhance the sensing capabilities for systems monitoring earth and space environmental conditions. G&H is at the forefront of developing lower SWAP-C photonics modules for this emerging market. Learn More. 

Infrared Countermeasures

As anti-missile countermeasures shift from expendable solutions toward on-demand, near-unlimited infrared emitters, defense contractors are exploring innovative fiber-optic and lens assembly solutions from G&H. Our photonic components also enable new airborne and marine systems that offer stronger defenses in electronic warfare scenarios while delivering lower weight, higher bandwidth, and improved detection capabilities. Learn More. 

Periscopes and Sighting Systems

A trusted provider of periscopes and sighting systems, G&H continues to enhance the intelligence gathering and situational awareness of armored fighting vehicles. In addition, our innovations in shortwave infrared and advanced optical coatings are driving the development of cutting-edge sighting solutions for airborne platforms and lidar systems. Learn More. 

Your Source for Mission-Critical Aerospace and Defense Optics

High mix and high value: As a leading program partner for prime contractors and a global supplier of proven optical solutions for aerospace, avionics, and defense, G&H can help ensure your mission-critical systems perform reliably and to expectations. To learn more about our aerospace and defense optics, contact us here.

About G&H

G&H is a photonics technology business headquartered in Ilminster Somerset, UK with operations in the UK, US and Asia. A world leader in its field, the company researches, designs, engineers, and manufactures advanced photonic systems, components and instrumentation. Contact Us


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