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Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) Test Technologies


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Sensing and Cyber The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Applicants must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Applicants are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. OBJECTIVE: Reentry vehicles release parameters from bulkhead are critical to its flight dynamics and reentry performance of ICBMs. AFNWC seeks to develop a prototype that is able to be qualified for flight test and perform a successful post-flight data decryption and analysis DESCRIPTION: AFNWC ensures the ICBM force is equipped with the safest, most reliable, most survivable Reentry Systems, and explores options for common, multi-mission capabilities. The program enables a responsive engineering infrastructure by developing modeling/simulation and ground and flight test platforms to support Reentry System qualifications. The program ensures the availability of long-lead components and materials while identifying life cycle cost reduction methods. In addition, the program matures and tests advanced Reentry System technologies and designs to meet future requirements. This includes studying and assessing technology applications relevant to current and future ICBM Reentry Systems. The program leverages investments by the Science & Technology community and reentry systems applications program. Testing may occur on a space available basis on Development Evaluation (FDE) flights. PHASE I: This is a D2P2 topic, and as such, no Phase I awards will be made. This topic is intended for technology proven ready to move directly into a Phase II. Therefore, a Phase I award is not required. The applicant is required to provide detail and documentation in the Direct to Phase II proposal which demonstrates accomplishment of a “Phase I-type” effort, including a feasibility study. This includes determining, insofar as possible, the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of ideas appearing to have commercial potential. It must have validated the product-market fit between the proposed solution and a potential AF stakeholder. The applicant should have defined a clear, immediately actionable plan with the proposed solution and the AF customer. The feasibility study should have: -Identified the prime potential AF end user(s) for the non-Defense commercial offering to solve the AF need, i.e., how it has been modified; -Described integration cost and feasibility with current mission-specific products; -Described if/how the demonstration can be used by other DoD or Governmental customers. PHASE II: AFNWC seeks an instrumented payload flight prototype that provides high-fidelity release and post-release dynamics and signature data (video, radar, IR, etc.) via encrypted telemetry methods. The sensor package can be either a bolt-on or releasable solution for collecting data without interference on other payloads. Must have the capability to: • Measure release dynamics (tip-off, spin-up, velocity, acceleration rates and errors, etc.) • Measure video and signature data (HD video, SWIR/LWIR, MMW radar, etc.) o Sensor package may include sensors such as IR sensor(s), camera(s), radar(s), and/or Laser Detection And Ranging (LADAR), etc. • Encrypt and transmit using NSA-Approved cryptography methods for classified data (e.g. AES-256) PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The contractor will pursue commercialization of the various technologies developed in Phase II for transitioning expanded mission capability to a broad range of potential government and civilian users and alternate mission applications. Direct access with end users and government customers will be provided with opportunities to receive Phase III awards for providing the government additional research & development, or direct procurement of products and services developed in coordination with the program. The information and materials provided pursuant to or resulting from this topic are restricted under the ITAR, 22 C.F.R. Parts 120 - 130 or the EAR, 15 C.F.R. Parts 710 - 774. REFERENCES: 1. Information regarding Capabilities-Based Test and Evaluation and operations can be located within AFI 13-520 and AFI 99-103 through KEYWORDS: Reentry System technologies; telemetry; cryptography
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