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Handheld Combat ID (CID) Laser Beacon

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Suite B Ventura, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Handheld Combat ID (CID) Laser Beacon
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9451-11-C-0190
Award Amount: $728,445.00


ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II program is to develop a battery operated, combat identification beacon (CID Beacon) technology that is compact and can be worn on the warfighter as part of standard gear. The CID beacon will project a high brightness beam across a hemisphere allowing standard pods on military aircraft (Blackhawk, Apache, etc.) to detect and identify friendly troops on the ground. This laser based beacon technology will allow the warfighter to project his position for long ranges up to 15-20 km. The Aerius Photonics CID beacon will be ruggedized for warfighter use and the hardware delivered to the customer at the end of the program. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits of the technology are a reduction in SWaP and cost for a commercial grade system that is suitable for law enforcement, security, and search and rescue. A comparable device does not currently exist. The CID laser beacon to be developed has many applications in defense and other markets. In addition to Department of Defense customers, the product would also be of use to police forces, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Coast Guard. During Phase II, Aerius will approach Prime DoD suppliers, as well as suppliers to police forces, DHS and the Coast Guard to establish sales and distribution channels addressing these markets. Early discussions with two Prime DoD suppliers, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have already taken place. Demand for the personnel tag devices market could grow to several thousand per month in a few years.

Principal Investigator:

Jon Geske
(805) 642-4645

Business Contact:

John Baumann
Chief Financial Officer
(805) 642-4645
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aerius Photonics, LLC.
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B Ventura, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 200992331
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No