About SBIR

“Through continuous improvement Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. designs, produces and delivers the highest quality products that meet or exceed our customer expectations in the worldwide market for electro-optical measurement and test equipment.”

Santa Barbara Infrared designs and manufactures the most technologically advanced infrared and electro-optical test instrumentation available. SBIR’s broad line of innovative products support testing of military and commercial sensor systems and are used world wide in laboratory, production, depot and field test applications.

SBIR was founded in 1986 and quickly became the leader in the electro-optical (E-O) test instrumentation field. In 1999 SBIR became part of HEICO Corporation, an aerospace company based in Hollywood, Florida. HEICO Corporation is a rapidly growing, technology-driven company that has been engaged in niche market segments within the aerospace, aviation and electronics industries for more than 60 years. Additionally, HEICO has been named on Forbes’ Best 100 Small Companies list and 200 “Hot Shot Stocks” list routinely.

SBIR has continued to maintain its’ leadership position within the test instrumentation field and is still the preferred supplier to many of the major domestic and international manufacturers of E-O sensors and systems.

SBIR’s focus is on providing well engineered, cost effective hardware and software solutions to the E-O community. Our extensive design capabilities cover the spectrum of infrared, laser, visible and dynamic scene projection applications. SBIR’s proven systems engineering expertise combined with a practical, design-for-manufacturing approach results in production and custom instrumentation for the most discerning customers.

ISO 9001:2015 2023 Certification


The engineering staff at SBIR is a diverse group of highly qualified optical, electrical, mechanical, software and EO-IR systems engineers.  SBIR possesses the required facilities, equipment and personnel to excel at all aspects of E-O Test System manufacturing, assembly, test and integration. SBIR houses approximately 70 employees in a single 25,000 square foot facility located near downtown Santa Barbara, CA.

Standard Instruments
Delivering high performance test equipment used for infrared, visible and laser testing
CommercialTest Systems
Based on modified standard product solutions to promote higher production rates, reduced test times and lower development costs
MilitaryTest Systems
Highly integrated, multi-function test systems used in laboratory, factory, depot and field testing of military E-O systems
Complete turnkey infrared scene projector utilizing resistive emitter array technology for hardware-in-the-loop testing of missile seekers