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Wilcox Engineering & Research was established in 1987, by Edward R. Wilcox Jr. He started the business as an Electro-Optics R&D entity that utilized technology to improve police tactical operations. At that time Mr. Wilcox  an enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force having the additional detail of being the Technical Advisor to the Norton AFB Security Police (EST) Emergency Services Team (Air Force version of a SWAT team). In addition to being a fully qualified team member, he was the Military Airlift Command's anti-hijacking expert, charged with the training of military, civilian Law Enforcement, and FBI SWAT teams. Mr. Wilcox's introduction to night vision started when one of his teammates brought him a bag of parts that was confiscated during an arrest by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, and turned over to USAF Office of Special Investigation Tech Services. It is from that bag of parts he built the forerunner of the NVM-A, designated as the AN/PVS-63 a monocular assembly with externalized batteries and switch. After returning the AN/PVS-63 to the OSI, Mr. Wilcox pursued a course of study on night vision technology through literature, the dismantling of night vision equipment he borrowed from DoD "junkyards," and informal training obtained from the U.S. Marine Corps. Electro-Optics Depot. During a military anti-hijacking exercise, a need for a small rugged night vision device was identified. Using parts from DoD junkyards, Mr. Wilcox developed the AN/PVS-63A, a monocular that was kept small and made rugged by internalizing batteries and switch. He eventually built five units for his EST team, three for local U.S.M.C. SRT team, and several more for other military agencies. During that time, a local Naval Intelligence Service (NIS) agent sought him for repair work on other night vision equipment. Soon, his services were in demand by other agencies which included civilian Law Enforcement. With the encouragement of fellow members of the Inland Tactical Commander Association (San Bernardino and surrounding counties) Mr. Wilcox started into business. Mr. Wilcox retired from the USAF with the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7) on 1 February 1997, after serving his country for 20 years as a SWAT team Technical Advisor, Large Jet Aircraft All Systems Technician, Quality Assurance Inspector, Military Training Film Producer, Aircraft Maintenance Certification Training Manager & Instructor, Non- Destructive Inspection Laboratory Technician, Military Electro-Optics Laboratory Manager,

Night Vision Repair Technician, M-60 Machinegun Specialist, M-203 Grenadier, and Air Force Inventor holding two patents. The Department of General Services' Office of a Small and Minority Business has certified Wilcox Engineering & Research as both a Small Business entity and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. We are a Defense Contractor having the Commercial And Government Entity Code (CAGE Code) of   56KB5. 

Products: Wilcox Engineering & Research supplies Custom Made AN/PVS-14A, as well as other Night Vision Equipment, and Accessories.  We specialize in the design and manufacturing of Superior, Advanced, and Extremely Rugged ANVIS Helmet mounts used for ANVIS Ground Tactical and Combat Operations.

Services: Wilcox Engineering & Research Provides Troubleshooting, Repair, Cleaning, and Nitrogen Purging Services on most American Made Night Vision and other related Equipment with over 25 Years of Military and Commercial Repair Experience. 

We actively support the efforts of all Law Enforcement Agencies through direct and indirect Logistics Support. As such, we provide special pricing for components and repairs for equipment obtained by Law Enforcement Agencies through the 1033 Program and the 1122 Program.

The 1033 Program permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) personal property (supplies and equipment) to State and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs).  For California:  1033 LESO now CalEMA

The 1122 Program is the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1994 contained Section 1122, which allows State and local governments to purchase new law enforcement for counter drug activities through the Federal Government. The discounts the Federal Government enjoys because of its large-volume purchases are passed on to State and local law enforcement agencies. These discounts may be particularly attractive when dealing with high tech equipment and newer technologies.  For California:  CalEMA 1122 Program Link

Wilcox Engineering & Research Owner; Mr. Ed Wilcox pictured above with the AN/AVS-10 secured to his ACH with his Company's newest Invention/Product: The ANVIS Hands Free Mount in the Helmet Mount Mode.

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