TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Ground Sea, Weapons
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this topic is to develop an innovative system or weapon prototype that will acknowledge, detect, identify, locate, track, and disable or destroy an enemy or non-friendly Group 1 or 2 Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS).
DESCRIPTION: The Counter UAS (C-UAS) weapon should be able to detect, identify, locate, track, and either disable and/or destroy a SUAS from a distance that will allow SOF personnel to make appropriate preparations and safely position themselves in a manner that is either offensive or defensive in nature. This weapon system should incorporate a Fire Control Augmentation System or “cueing data” / (slew-to-cue) that will integrate with current SOF weapon systems (MK 19, MK 44, and MK 47) and facilitate the firing of a projectile, or group of projectiles with air burst ability, to incapacitate the detected, identified, and tracked, unfriendly SUAS. As a part of this feasibility study, the proposers shall address all viable overall system design options with respective specifications on the key system attributes.
PHASE I: Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled “Description.” The objective of this USSOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology. The feasibility study should investigate all known options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up. It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary. Operational prototypes will not be developed with USSOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies. Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II.
PHASE II: Develop, install, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study on a Counter UAS Weapon.
PHASE III: This system could be used in a broad range of military applications as well as the need for and use in commercial applications and public safety. They could perform difficult and dangerous tasks such as border crossing prevention (US CBP), law enforcement, counter narcotic and drug enforcement, DHS counter-terrorism, Secret Service (White House/POTUS protection) in restricted airspace, and other tasks such as detection and prevention of UASs at or near large outdoor public venues.
1: "MK 19 40mm Machine Gun, MOD 3", Military Analysis Network; https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/mk19.htm
2: "MK 47 Mod 0 40mm Advanced Grenade Launcher", General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems;http://www.gd-ots.com/armament_systems/ics_mk47.html
3: "Standard M134D" (MK44 is SOF version), DillanAero;http://dillonaero.com/product/standard-m134d/
KEYWORDS: Counter UAS, Anti-UAS, Counter Drone, Anti-Drone, Drone/UAS Detection, Drone Killer