Improved Missile Launch Detection Techniques ( IMLD )

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-1627
Agency Tracking Number: F041-208-1054
Amount: $99,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-208
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 044329761
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Utt
 Principle Investigator
 (937) 431-1644
Business Contact
 Ray Trimmer
Title: Vice President
Phone: (937) 431-1644
Research Institution
The Improved Missile Launch Detection program addresses the lack of an affordable missile launch detection (MLD) that can detect missiles at their maximum launch ranges in high clutter with a high probability of declaration and a low false alarm rate. Defense Research Associates (DRA) has developed a small target detection algorithm based on motion of the target relative to the background. The algorithm, called Passive Moving Target Detection (PMTD), is ideal for detecting missiles from aircraft; the algorithm was developed for that purpose through the SBIR program. DRA, working with AFRL/SN, has obtained $4.3M in outside funding to use this algorithm for the detection of nearby air traffic by unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The algorithm was originally developed to improve the performance of MLDs and DRA demonstrated its effectiveness in that context. Since that time, several theoretical advances have been made in the mathematical underpinnings of PMTD, especially in terms of reducing computational complexity. DRA proposes to optimize the PMTD algorithm and integrate it with an existing developmental warning system that uses affordable silicon detectors.

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