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Airborne Passive Radar

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Information Systems Laboratories, Inc.
10070 Barnes Canyon Road San Diego, CA 92121-2722
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Airborne Passive Radar
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-13-C-1592
Award Amount: $749,954.00


ABSTRACT: Radar sensors provide an important capability for combat missions involving air-to-air engagement of enemy aircraft. The main benefit of radar is the ability to detect targets at long stand-off ranges in all weather conditions. The main disadvantage is that radar transmissions are typically easily intercepted and provides a means for an adversary to both detect, track, and potentially target blue force aircraft. A new sensor system that exploits target illumination provided by commercial broadcast stations would provide an attractive air surveillance capability without the vulnerability of being intercepted that is inherent in traditional radar systems. During Phase I the feasibility of a new airborne passive radar system concept was established. Under Phase II the concept will be fully developed using a combination of simulated and experimental data collections. BENEFIT: The new system will provide the Air Force with a capability for covert air surveillance by providing a new passive RF sensor for combat aircraft that can display air target detections and tracks with militarily significant coverage and geolocation accuracy.

Principal Investigator:

Jameson Bergin
Principal Engineer
(860) 328-1777

Business Contact:

Margaret Latchman-Geller
Director of Contracts
(858) 373-2717
Small Business Information at Submission:

Information Systems Laboratories, Inc.
10070 Barnes Canyon Road San Diego, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541198316
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No