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Laser Activated PLASma (LAPLAS) for Standoff Electronic Denial

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-C-0027
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8510
Amount: $1,099,936.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19C-T007
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-14
Small Business Information
12H Mauchly
Irvine, CA 92618-1111
United States
DUNS: 828239769
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Vladimir Markov
 (949) 310-1789
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Imlay
Phone: (949) 733-3355
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Phil Sprangle
Room 3112 Lee Building, 7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742-5141
United States

 (703) 559-5498
 Nonprofit College or University

Robotic systems in general, and Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) in particular, pose a threat for both military and civilians when in the wrong hands. The triad of Kinetic, High-Power Microwave and Laser weapon systems currently used or considered for Counter-UAV (C-UAV) operation though effective in disrupting their performance, might be hazardous when used in a populated area. In the Phase I program AS&T proposed an alternative technology with its C-UAV denial enactment based on the use of the laser-induced broadband RF radiation. In Phase I, AS&T performed the feasibility study of its proposed C-UAV concept and established the LAPLAS concept of operation and specification. The feasibility study included modeling, simulation and laboratory validation of the LAPLAS breadboard. Practical implementation and experimental evaluation of a fully assembled system will be performed in Phase II. The Phase II activities comprise of design, integration and testing of the LAPLAS prototype. The program will culminate with lab testing of the LAPLAS prototype, and conclude with field-validation and demonstration of its performance in a scenario relevant to potential/prospective operational environment.

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