Expendable Active RF Technology for Helicopters (EARTH)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56KGU-17-C-0019
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7064
Amount: $799,975.64
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-097
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-07
Small Business Information
4120 Commercial Center Dr, Austin, TX, 78744
DUNS: 161214242
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Beck
 (512) 479-7732
Business Contact
 Joseph Priest
Phone: (512) 479-7732
Email: priest@spec.com
Research Institution
Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) is proposing a fast moving Phase II Expendable Active RF Technologies for Helicopters (EARTH) program to deliver a fully functional 1x2x8 active expendable RF countermeasures prototype flight unit, which is form/fit compatible with the AN/ALE-47 dispenser. The proposed countermeasures flight unit (microUAV) expendables are configured with multifunctional EW capabilities and perform as active decoys, false targets, or jammers to defeat modern threats. SPECs proposed active expendable flight units implement integrated, substrate level, heterogeneous technologies, advanced antenna topologies, and ultra-dense packaging to achieve an extraordinary combination of low SWaP, system effectiveness and aerodynamic specifications, including performance in high acceleration ejection and flight through rotor wash environments. This Phase II EARTH design advances SPECs field proven (TRL 9) ADEP embedded adaptive countermeasures technology to yield an ensemble of field programmable coherent and non-coherent dense spectrum EW techniques for sophisticated deception and jamming. The proposed EARTH architecture and IP blocks will be configured for multi-mission adaptability and ease of integration with RWRs and onboard EW management suites. The impact of this program is far reaching and includes the development of inexpensive, mass producible microEW technologies for universal airframe protection and for multi-mission EW payloads for small UAVs.

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