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Remote Deployment of Explosive Detection Material

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
NJ Whippany, NJ 07981-1423
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Remote Deployment of Explosive Detection Material
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-13-C-0085
Award Amount: $499,947.00


MSI successfully demonstrated modification of its existing extended range 40mm non-lethal munition to carry and deploy a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) payload intended to detect and confirm explosives at 100m stand-off. Based on analysis and air-gun testing, as well as legacy performance of MSI's munition, key characteristics of the explosive detection munition include over 25 square inch coverage area, 90% accuracy to 100 meters, non-lethality, and leveraging the use of an existing launcher (M-203), in addition to the objective of conveyance of various marking and/ or noxious liquids or powders. The Phase I project starting point was a high-TRL extended range kinetic energy non-lethal 40mm munition, demonstrated to possess ballistic stability and accuracy at 100m, as developed under a previous Phase II/II Plus project funded by Picatinny Arsenal. In A12-007 Phase I, MSI succeeded in consistently achieving the coverage area and visibility requirements specified, demonstrating explosive detection feasibility. Phase II goals include: a) achieve TRL 6+ with special attention to statistical demonstration of coverage, accuracy, nonlethality, and manufacturability, b) expand the product to include alternate explosive material detection chemicals, and c) establish a larger family of 40 non-lethal mm projectiles to deliver IR marking material, pepper spray, etc.

Principal Investigator:

Paul Boyadjis
Principal Engineer
(973) 326-9920

Business Contact:

Karen Rizzi
General Manager
(973) 326-9920
Small Business Information at Submission:

Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
11 Apollo Drive Whippany, NJ -

EIN/Tax ID: 223476647
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No