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Selective Ammunition Feed System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 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: 2012
Title: Selective Ammunition Feed System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0006
Award Amount: $99,991.00


To address the Armys need for a compact, lightweight, high-rate, selective ammunition feed system for machine guns and auto cannons, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Selective Ammunition Feed System (SAFS). SAFS combines the use of robust ammunition identification using existing ammo color coding, mature ammunition handling systems, and control electronics. This novel design will enable the SAFS to accurately and rapidly select the designated ammunition types and loaded them onto the aircrafts ammo carriers. As a result, SAFS offers high-speed selection of five or more ammo types, real-time ammo inventory, health monitoring, weighs or = 2 to demonstrate the SAFS feasibility. In Phase II, we will continue the design of SAFS and fabricate a TRL>or = 4 prototype to demonstrate its key capabilities in a benchtop environment by using M848 dummy rounds painted with appropriate color-code bands to simulate other types of M230 ammo.

Principal Investigator:

Nicholas Garcia
Mechanical Engineer
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

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

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 W. 205th Street Torrance, CA -

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