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Rearward Emitting Tracer Ammunition

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Rearward Emitting Tracer Ammunition
Agency: DOD
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0040
Award Amount: $69,985.00


To address the Army"s need for small caliber tracer ammunition that is dim and visible only by the shooter and friendly forces, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the novel Rearward Emitting Tracer Ammunition (RETA), based on an innovative design that integrates mature materials and fabrication processes with POC-developed and COTS components. This innovation enables RETA to be visible to the user during the day and not to saturate night-vision goggles/devices. Because it does not leave a visible combustion trail, RETA is only perceptible to the shooter and friendly forces near the shooter while maintaining imperceptibility to foes. Its mass remains unchanged throughout the entire trajectory path; therefore, its lethality and range are not affected. The inert nature of the material in RETA allows it to have a long shelf life with reliable performance. In Phase I, POC will identify the fabrication process and produce prototypes for demonstration. Producibility and optical emission efficacy will be characterized and compared with similar tracer products. In Phase II, POC will optimize the fabrication process and fabricate complete live RETA rounds to demonstrate their capability in a military weapon and to test their capability of integrating and operating within Army operational architecture.

Principal Investigator:

Kang-Bin Chua
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No