You are here

Tactical Ladder Package

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials 

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this topic is to develop an innovative, lightweight, tactical ladder #2 to satisfy capability gaps for obstacle negotiation during United States Army Special Operations Forces missions. Climbing systems are critical for quickly and successfully conducting special operations against targets. 

DESCRIPTION: This topic is seeking innovative proposals for a tactical ladder constructed of durable, lightweight material. Weight and space are an issue when aircraft loads dictate what equipment can be brought on a mission. Each individual ladder needs to be compact to where one person can carry it during multiple methods of infiltration to include but not limited to Military Free Fall operations, Waterborne operations, and walk-in operations. The tactical ladder will make use of current technology and materials. Ladder systems must support full-spectrum operations involving Special Operations Forces to shape ongoing operations and to set the conditions for future operations. 

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.” As a part of this feasibility study, the proposers shall address all viable overall system design options and seek to achieve as close as possible, the following objective performance parameters and desired attributes: Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide - Size Description: A multi-level extension ladder consisting of two sections (a base section and a sliding section) that can be adjusted in length Threshold = Objective: Adjustable by 1 foot increments from 12 to 23 feet Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide – Width Description: Overall width of the ladder Threshold = Objective: (18 to 27 inches) Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide – Strength Description: The amount of operating weight that the ladder can hold Threshold = 600 pounds (lbs) max load at 75 degree angle Objective = 1000 lbs max load at 75 degree angle Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide – Weight Description: Total weight of ladder per foot of length Threshold: = Less than 3 lbs/foot (ft) Objective = Less than 2lbs/ft Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide - Feet Description: Non-skid swivel style feet Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Single Wide - Hands Description: Non-skid made of noise dampening material Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide – Size Description: A multi-level extension ladder consisting of two sections (a base section and a sliding section) that can be adjusted in length Threshold = Objective: Adjustable by 1 foot increments from 11 to 20 feet Performance Parameter: Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide - Width Description: Overall width of the ladder Threshold = Objective: (28 to 32 inches) Performance Parameter: Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide - Strength Description: The amount of Operating weight that the ladder can hold Threshold = 600 lbs max load at 75 degree angle Objective = 1000 lbs max load at 75 degree angle Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide - Weight Description: Total weight of ladder per foot of length Threshold = Less than 4 lbs/ft Objective = Less than 2lbs/ft Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide - Feet Description: Non-skid swivel style feet Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A Performance Parameter: Tactical Ladder #2 Double Wide - Hands Description: Non-skid made of noise dampening material Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A DESIRED ATTRIBUTES: Assembly Description: Amount of time the ladders can be quickly and quietly assembled under Night Optical Devices by two persons or less Threshold = Less than 2 minutes Objective: = Less than 1 minute Sound Description: Manufactures will ensure ladder make minimum noise during assembly and operation Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A Corrosion Description: All ladders must be non-corrosive or protected from corrosion, waterproof, and durable. Threshold: N/A Objective: N/A Cost Description: Total cost of each tactical ladder, not to include shipping or additional parts. Threshold = $6,000.00 Objective = $2,000.00 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 and demonstrate (2) prototype ladders determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study on tactical ladders for United States Army Special Operations Forces missions. 

PHASE III: This ladder could be used in a broad range of military applications at the tactical level (platoon-sized element and smaller) where a ladder would provide versatility for obstacle negotiation and reduce weight/size during infiltration operations with relying on rotary-wing aircraft insertion on target. This could have commercial application for police/fire missions as well as homeland security and other federal agency operations. 

REFERENCES: 

1: Google "tactical ladders", "tactical assault ladders"

KEYWORDS: Tactical, Ladder, Lightweight, Obstacle Negotiation, Assault, Bridging, Airborne, Equipment 

CONTACT(S): 

sbir@socom.mil 

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government