Missile Threat Warning Discrimination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-1694
Agency Tracking Number: F031-2693
Amount: $3,849,870.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF03-219
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Duns: 044329761
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Anderson
 (937) 431-1644
Business Contact
 Roy Anderson
Phone: (937) 431-1644
Email: randerson@dramail.com
Research Institution
The ability to countermeasure man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) missiles is one of the most pressing problems that military and commercial aircraft face today. Currently available countermeasure systems are costly, complex and not operationally acceptable. Current MWS equipment cannot meet all of the requirements such as long-range detection, high angular resolution, low false alarm rate, and detection of missiles in high background clutter. This program addresses the lack of MWSs that can detect surface-to-air missiles at long ranges in high clutter with a high probability of declaration and a low false alarm rate. During the Phase I effort, DRA developed a promising two-color missile-warning sensor that operates in the visible spectrum (VMWS). This silicon-based sensor exhibits many desirable capabilities for missile warning including high resolution, low cost, and high frame rate. The two-color aspect of the sensor also serves to guard against false alarms due to sun glints. DRA demonstrated VMWS feasibility by detecting live-fire missiles using a proof-of-concept sensor. The Phase II effort leverages the substantial prior investment and research into VMWS and will build a new sensor with custom, wide field of view optics that allow the collection of spectrally pure color bands.

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