Passive Ground Moving Target Indication for Gunship Aircraft Using Unmanned Airborne Vehicles (UAV-PGMTI)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,597.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-1012
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-216-2469
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044329761
Principal Investigator:
Mark Chaplin
Technical Staff
(937) 431-1644
mchaplin@dramail.com
Business Contact:
Ray Trimmer
Vice President
(937) 431-1644
rtrimmer@dramail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The AC-130 Gunship is extremely vulnerable to MANPAD attacks/other enemy ground fire when operationally employed. A solution is needed to reduce aircraft/aircrew risk while maintaining operational effectiveness. Through AFRL/SN initiatives, DRA has developed/demonstrated a Passive Ground Moving Target Indication (PGMTI) concept that detects/tracks ground moving targets with low false declaration rates. Phase II PGMTI will extend the Phase I effort by incorporating a video data remote processing capability onboard a surrogate UAV. Utilizing existing sensors onboard UAVs (like Predator), Phase II will add processors which detect/track/display ground moving targets to an appropriate operator. Technical advantages are: Real-time Information, not raw data, is forwarded for human interpretation Every pixel of data in view of the sensor is scrutinized by the PGMTI system, not just what an observer could see on a monitor Minimal transmission bandwidth is required for PGMTI as raw data is processed onboard the UAV. Only moving targets are down-linked to an operator Operational advantages are: Shorter engagement times/reduced exposure to hostile fire for AC-130 Gunships as the UAV detects/tracks moving targets/enemy fire, then passes this data to the Gunship for immediate targeting PGMTI capabilities on UAVs can greatly assist with all operational missions

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