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Techniques for Performing Warhead Characterization

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes St. Fredericksburg, VA 22405-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Techniques for Performing Warhead Characterization
Agency: DOD
Contract: HQ0147-13-C-7340
Award Amount: $149,530.00


To provide the Armed Forces with accurate lethality assessments for fielded munitions, warhead characterization is performed in ground based arena and sled testing. The current procedures are time consuming and costly, while only producing a fraction of the desired data. In the current method, the device under test is surrounded by switch screens to record fragment impact time and bundles of foam insulation to capture fragments. Fragments must be recovered by hand to be weighed and measured, requiring weeks of labor. This process is time consuming and gives no way to correlate fragment mass and velocity. Additionally, only a fraction of the fragments are recovered. To meet the need for an automatic method of full hemisphere warhead fragmentation characterization, McQ will develop a system which replaces the ring of switch screens with a network of sensors containing high speed cameras. The system will record and analyze video of the warhead fragmentation then automatically produce a report describing the mass, size, speed, and trajectory of each fragment. The system will be capable of setup by two technicians in a matter of hours and will require no manual recovery or analysis of fragments after the test.

Principal Investigator:

Ron Knobler
Program Manager
(540) 373-2374

Business Contact:

Keith Armstrong
Chief Operating Officer
(540) 373-2374
Small Business Information at Submission:

McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes St. Fredericksburg, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541341225
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No