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Airdroppable High Speed, Low Signature Craft

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Department of Defense
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
1850 Frankfurst Avenue Baltimore, MD 21226-1024
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Airdroppable High Speed, Low Signature Craft
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00024-06-C-4122
Award Amount: $599,967.00


The snorkel craft has been evaluated as being able to perform an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) as an unmanned craft that can be air-dropped from a C-130 and remain in the mission area for weeks unattended after deployment. To meet he mission requirements the craft is also required to be able to sprint at 30 knots or greater and to be able to conduct these operations in a Sea State of 4. The snorkel craft, would have a very small visible signature and acoustic signature would be small as a result of batteries used for main propulsion power and compound mounting other equipment. The primary sensors in the snorkel craft would be based on the AN/AQS-22 dipping sonar. The sensor would be extended when the craft was drifting or maintaining its position against a current. The craft would also carry a MK 54 lightweight torpedo when the mission required an attack capability. The craft would be capable of communicating with either manned or unmanned assets in the mission area via satellite or line-of-sight communications. During the Phase II effort MAPC will complete the preliminary design and conduct detailed design of the proof-of-concept air deliverable watercraft. Upon sponsor review and approval, MAPC will fabricate the craft, conduct basic vehicle capabilities, and deliver the proof-of-concept prototype. The design history will be summarized and the operational results presented in a Final Report. During the Phase II Option, MAPC will design, assemble, install, and demonstrate the vehicle operating under remote control. The operation of the craft under remote control will be documented and delivered as an Option Phase II Final Report. MAPC will also complete the basis for technology commercialization and transition of the craft during this period.

Principal Investigator:

Thomas Bein
principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Peter MacShane
Director Business Develop
Small Business Information at Submission:

1850 Frankfurst Avenue Baltimore, MD 21226

EIN/Tax ID: 521513939
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No