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Anti-Ballistic Airbag for RPGs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0392
Agency Tracking Number: N042-902-0732
Amount: $99,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-902
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-08-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-02-28
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Tesar
 Director of R & D
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Cohen
Title: Vice President, R & D
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

This proposal describes a protective system for military vehicles that can prevent (or mitigate) damage caused by incoming Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). The system is applied to existing vehicles, and can be removed and reattached with a minimum of effort. A key advantage of this protective system, called Anti-Ballistic Airbag (ABA), is that it pushes the explosive energy of the RPG away from the vehicle, preventing the typical loss of life and severe vehicle damage caused by a RPG. Our concept, consisting of a rapidly inflating protective Kevlar-type bag, is the analog of the automotive airbag, which has been extremely successful at protecting vehicle passengers from severe injury in a vehicle crash. In the same way, the ABA makes use of the known timing and physics of an RPG to deploy a protective bag before it strikes the vehicle. The ABA is placed on the outside of the vehicle and can be deployed before the RPG strikes the vehicle and explodes.

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