Missile Threat Warning Discrimination

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,881.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
F33615-03-M-1523
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2003
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-2693
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
044329761
Principal Investigator
 Michael Deschenes
 Senior Engineer
 (937) 431-1644
 mdeschenes@dramail.com
Business Contact
 Ray Trimmer
Title: Vice President
Phone: (937) 431-1644
Email: rtrimmer@dramail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Requirements to detect surface-to-air missiles at maximum launch ranges, interface with flares and directed countermeasures, cover a large field-of-view (FOV), and operate in high clutter drive missile warning system (MWS) developments. Long-rangedetection requires high sensitivity; interfacing with flares requires minimal false alarms; working with directed countermeasures requires high angular resolution and minimal detection/declaration times; high resolution and a large FOV require many pixelsand cause a large processing load, and operating in high clutter requires effective suppression techniques. These interrelated requirements make developing an operationally acceptable MWS a severe challenge. Current IR MWSs use amplitude, spatial,spectral, and temporal characteristics for discrimination, but are not operationally acceptable. Additionally, they are expensive. DRA proposes a completely new approach to solve this problem: a low-cost commercial, multi-color, high-resolution visible MWS(VMWS). The VMWS uses multi-color/two-color techniques to eliminate sun/sunglint sources and optical flow techniques for enhanced target detection and false alarm rejection. VMWS will use traditional amplitude, spatial and temporal techniques, but they arenot the focus of Phase I. During Phase I, DRA will collect data and conduct analyses to determine optimum VMWS parameters. In Phase II, a prototype system will be built to demonstrate the feasibility of the concept. The results of the proposed Phase Idevelopment shall demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing commercially available, low-cost, visible sensors for man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) warning system applications. The VMWS capability will be applicable to a number of military andcommercial aircraft.

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