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Devils Range

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0908
Agency Tracking Number: F2D-4423
Amount: $1,249,887.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF221-DCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-06
Small Business Information
13837 Park Center Rd.
Herndon, VA 20171-3249
United States
DUNS: 079125843
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jenkins
 (703) 665-7406
Business Contact
 Sean Kelly
Phone: (240) 381-9281
Research Institution

The benefits that small unmanned systems (UMS) afford are increasingly salient to dismounted Operators. UMS can be employed to provide a truly flexible range of benefits that serve to enhance situational awareness, preserve survivability, and/or increase lethality. Despite these potential benefits, there are still no proven commercial UMS platforms that have become the trusted standard for squad-level operations, largely due to: (1) the fractured market of commercial UMS OEMs; (2) a lack of objective and quantified data comparing UMS performance under military contexts; (3) a lack of proven UMS TTPs for achieving different classes of mission objectives; and (4) an evolving understanding of how advancing UMS technology can be applied to impact mission outcomes. To address these gaps, Knowmadics' proposed Phase II effort will focus on design, prototyping, T&E, and application of the DEVILS RANGE (Demonstration, Evaluation, and Validation via an Instrumented Live Unmanned Systems Range). The DEVILS RANGE will address the challenges of trusting and relying on commercial UMS technologies by providing a contextualized demonstration, testing, vulnerability assessment, and evaluation range that will enable objective assessment and characterization of the most performant UMS platforms and payloads available to support US Forces mission requirements.

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