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Material Solutions & Methods to Reduce Illuminator Radar Cross Section (RCS)

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Sensors 

OBJECTIVE: Develop a low probability of detection illuminator for missile defense ship applications. 

DESCRIPTION: Ship Illuminators have a large RCS. The development of an innovative solution that would allow the Illuminator to operate in its spectrum but absorb other radio frequency spectrums would result in a lower overall RCS without impacting Illuminator performance. Increasing survivability and mission effectiveness by reducing detectability has become very important. The use of radar absorbing materials or alternate solutions to reduce the RCS can provide for an increase in mission effectiveness while reducing detectability of the ships. 

PHASE I: Develop a proof of concept design; identify materials and designs and conduct feasibility assessment for the proposed solution. Perform analysis and limited bench level testing to demonstrate the concept and to provide an understanding of the new and innovative technology. 

PHASE II: Based on the results and findings of Phase I, develop and refine the proposed solution. Validate the feasibility of the Phase I concept by development and demonstrations that will be tested to ensure performance objectives are met. Validation would include, but not be limited to, system simulations, operation in test-beds, or operation in a demonstration subsystem. The Phase II effort should result in a prototype with substantial commercialization potential. 

PHASE III: Based on Phase II lessons learned, revise methods/material selection and prove out the solution. Develop and execute a Phase III incremental test and deployment plan. 

REFERENCES: 

1: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305721036_Radar_Cross_Section_Reductiondd

2:  https://www.gd-ots.com/armaments/naval-platforms-system/aegis-illuminator/

3:  https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/systems/an-spg-62.htm

KEYWORDS: Radar Cross Section Reduction 

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