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Optically Based Small Arms Force-On-Force Training System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-18-C-6515
Agency Tracking Number: N162-080-0216
Amount: $494,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N162-080
Solicitation Number: 16.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-12-31
Small Business Information
12253 Challenger Parkway
Orlando, FL 32826
United States
DUNS: 146066829
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rick Noriega Rick Noriega
 Principal Investigator
 (407) 674-8331
Business Contact
 Ellen Hatcher
Phone: (407) 674-8319
Research Institution

The Optically-Based Small Arms Targeting (OBSAT) technology seeks to replace laser-based engagement systems for force-on-force training and testing. The drawbacks and negative training associated with laser-based systems, such as multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES) are well known. Lasers cannot penetrate foliage and other terrain that can be penetrated by bullets. Struster and Coffman (reference) showed that this flaw in laser engagement systems provides negative training in proper use of cover and concealment and leads to unnecessary combat casualties in initial firefights. With laser engagement systems, shooters generally cannot lead moving targets, and they cannot properly elevate their weapon to compensate for the range to the target. Most significantly a major infantry weapon system, the M-203 grenade launcher, cannot be replicated at all using laser engagement systems. The goal of OBSAT is to eliminate the negative training imparted by laser engagement systems while retaining all their good attributes and not injecting new, negative training. In addition, our goal has been to do this with as little appended equipment as possible, preferably none.

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