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Protection System for Defense against Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Attacks

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
70361
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N042-902-0830
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Protection System for Defense against Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Attacks
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-04-M-0386
Award Amount: $99,936.00
 

Abstract:

Since the Vietnam War, military forces of the United States have had to contend with a highly effective and lethal weapon - rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) - the most popular form of which was originally developed by the Russians as a shoulder-mounted weapon designated the RPG-7. The current weapon was licensed to allies of the Soviet Union, and subsequent to its fall, the RPG-7 became the weapon of choice of insurgents and terrorists around the world. A family of warheads now exists to engage a variety of targets. Few countermeasures have met with success. Since some RPG's shaped-charge warhead is capable of penetrating 12 inches of armor plate, few mobile barriers can shield the personnel from its lethality in the case of a perfect hit. To reduce the lethality of these weapons, the countermeasure proposed here is to deploy specially designed airbags to modify the RPG's hit geometry, to serve as blast barriers absorbing the blast pressure and shrapnel, and to provide detonation separation which also reduces RPG potency. The proposed approach is part of an Active RPG-Defense System (ARPGDS) concept that builds on relatively mature technologies to enhance the survivability of the vehicles and the occupants inside.

Principal Investigator:

Victor H. L. Cheng
Principal Scientist
6502138585
vcheng@optisyn.com

Business Contact:

P. K. Menon
President
6502138585
menon@optisyn.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

OPTIMAL SYNTHESIS, INC.
868 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

EIN/Tax ID: 770484755
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No