About Us

Learn about our commitment to you, our values and our core capabilities.

What we do

Photonis Defense provides state of the art technologies and products pertaining to power tubes, microwave traveling wave tubes, night vision and digital vision solutions to the markets we serve.

Our products can be found across the globe and are used by the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Energy.

Some of our products are also used by federal, state and local agencies and a selection of our innovative night and digital vision technologies are available to the commercial market.

Our Mission

Revealing the invisible, saving lives, expanding the human frontier and protecting our protectors.


Photonis Defense is committed providing the best and most advanced products in the fields of broad bandwidth, high power microwave amplifiers and cutting-edge night vision technologies. Quality, without compromise.

Industry Leader

Since 1942, Photonis Defense has been keeping our forward deployed military at the ready with sensors and image intensifier tubes that pierce the blackest of nights, and with jammers and broadcast technologies that deny the enemy their ability to track and engage while assuring our forces can communicate under the most adverse conditions.

We offer a variety of customized traveling wave tubes and microwave power modules for electronic warfare, signal jamming, and SatCom. Our power tube product lines provide the massive amounts of power out and RF amplification needed by our ballistic missile defense systems and our nation’s most advanced global communication networks.

Our Team

Meet the people behind Photonis Defense and its relentless pursuit of advancing technology and innovation for the benefit of protecting the protectors.
Larry Stack, President and CEO of Photonis Defense, portrait photo

Larry Stack

President and

Malcolm Carruthers, VP, Photonis Defense portrait photo

Malcolm Carruthers

Vice President
Power and Microwave

Raquel Ortega, VP, Photonis Defense, portrait photo

Dr. Raquel Ortega

Vice President
Night Vision Technologies

Sean Kirk

Vice President
Night Vision

Our values

We live by these values and believe that practicing what we preach creates long-term benefits for our customers, employees, suppliers and the communities we serve. These values describe our company as we want it to be and we strive to ensure that they are demonstrated in our decisions and actions every day.

Honor, trust, integrity and respect

We lead by example and are consistently honest, ethical and genuine in everything we do.

Entrepreneurial mindset

We encourage employees to share their own opinions and we reward them for their contributions. Our best ideas always come from suggestions from our own employees.

Passion for excellence

Our passion inspires us to continuously move forward, be innovative, and focus on constantly improving to bring outstanding products to our customers.

Accountability to our customers and ourselves

Photonis Defense employees strive to be the best in all we do and we hold ourselves accountable for the results.

Disrupt the status quo - inspire greatness

We challenge the status quo and find new ways to not only grow our company, but also inspire greatness in ourselves and the individuals we work with.

Unwavering support for our military and first responders

We value the sacrifices that our military and first responders make every day and strive to create innovative products that they can rely on.

Photonis Defense is a part of a multi-national organization, the Photonis Group

Photonis Defense joins other production facilities including operations located in Brive-la-Gaillard (France), Roden (The Netherlands), and Sturbridge (United States of America) in manufacturing our wide range of high-performance products.

Each facility is supported by departments such as Research and Development (R&D), Engineering and Program Management.

Visit our corporate website in order to learn more about the Photonis Group and the range of products we offer.

Our core capabilities

Our innovative technologies for commercial and defense includes our complete line of night vision systems, digital vision solutions for security and surveillance, and electronic warfare.


Photonis Defense offers various solutions for defense-related applications. For superior nighttime vision, you can trust our image intensifier tubes and low light imaging products to help you find your way through the darkest of nights. Our power tube and microwave products assist with communication and electronic countermeasures and are a critical part of the way our militaries communicate across the globe.

Security & Surveillance

We offer a broad range of products for surveillance, mobile and security applications. Our digital vision products support innovative low-light cameras and imaging solutions which provide superior day-through-night digital video with high resolution and high frame rates. Photonis Image Intensifier tubes are also used for several low-light and surveillance detection systems including night vision. The wide variety of phosphor screens and photocathode options for image intensifier tubes allow for customization based on your specific application.

Analytical Instrumentation

We are the global leader in the engineering and manufacturing of ion and electron detectors for use in a wide range of analytical instruments and mass spectrometry techniques. Our photonic solutions support spectroscopy applications with a broad choice of spectral response options. Our patented products provide superior lifetime and improved sensitivity.


We are a leader in innovation when it comes to commercial broadband solutions and commercial grade image intensifier tubes. Our power tube products are known world-wide for providing reliable, long-life communications to deliver radio and television communications, delivering entertainment and critical news to countries all over the globe. Our commercial grade image intensifier tubes are used in night vision systems across the US and abroad. Night vision users trust Photonis Defense to provide both clear images and fast response times for superior night vision sight.

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