The Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory is teaming up with contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. to develop new synthetic materials to support the warfighter. The recent five-year agreement cements a commitment to invest in synthetic biology. The intent is to enhance Army operations with improvements to advanced specialty paints for corrosion and protection; high-performance optics for drone sensors; and repair of parts and systems for expeditionary forces, according to an Army release. Applications could also include the civilian market, such as development of non-toxic paint with anti-fungal and anti-mold protection and reductions to the size, weight and cost of diagnostic and surgical devices. A formal program launch is set to be announced later this year. Read more at Army.mil.
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