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Passive Optical Taggants for Laser Designated Friend or Foe Identification

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-146-0883
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-146
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue Lexington, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Passive Optical Taggants for Laser Designated Friend or Foe Identification
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-13-C-1599
Award Amount: $749,820.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: In this effort, we will develop a passive taggant device for laser-designated Identification of Friend or Foe. The end result of the program will be a device that meets the definition of Technology Readiness Level 5 or 6. As part of the program we will conduct a field test at operationally realistic distance using a standard military EO/IR/laser sensor package. This technology is a critical tool for reducing fratricide incidence both within the US armed forces, and also between US and coalition forces. Key aspects of the technology include (a) no onboard power requirement; (b) detectable at long ranges with conventional EO/IR equipment; and (c) low unit cost. BENEFIT: The basic paradox that prevents wide adoption of taggant technology stems from two conflicting realities: The cost and time required to field a dedicated, optimized taggant sensor is impractical given the limited scale on which optical taggants are currently used; yet, Practical field demonstration of taggant capabilities cannot be conducted with current sensors (whether EO/IR, night vision, LIDAR, target designators, or rangefinders). The proposed technology will avoid this paradox by allowing taggant operations using a currently fielded sensor. Applications include Identification of Friend or Foe (Combat ID), Search and Rescue, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

Principal Investigator:

William Barney
Principal
(781) 879-1231
barney.william@tiaxllc.com

Business Contact:

Renee Wong
Contracting Officer
(781) 879-1286
wong.renee@tiaxllc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue Lexington, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 460478749
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No