Daylight Defense LLC of Rancho Bernardo said that it received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Army to develop next-generation high-power ultraviolet laser capability to support future defense applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Army says it is interested in “laser sources in the near-UV for applications such as light detection and ranging (LIDAR) and other applications for helicopter survivability.” The Army is also considering use of the technology for battlefield awareness, trace detection using LIDAR backscatter and/or bio-fluorescence, as well as data storage.

Daylight Defense is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions Inc. The business has received $31 million in venture capital since 2006, including a $15 million series C round completed in July 2011 led by Northrop Grumman Corp. with participation by Carlsbad-based Moore Venture Partners.

Daylight and Northrop Grumman are partners in the Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasures program. The partners hope to develop the next generation of aircraft survivability equipment to defend helicopters against man-portable air-defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions.

Timothy Day is CEO of Daylight Solutions.