Armor Embedded Metamaterial Antenna

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,720.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W15P7T-09-C-S455
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-104-1256
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-104
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORP.
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
As the number of communication, sensing, and electronic warfare functions on military vehicles grows, the number of antennas needed to support those functions keeps increasing. While FIRST RF has helped this issue by combining multiple antenna functions into a common housing and developing ultra-broadband antennas to support many functions in a single antenna, there is still a need for armor embedded designs and size reductions to support survivable antenna integration into the latest armored vehicles. The proposed concept is to combine the best metamaterial concepts, the latest armor technologies, and the FIRST RF developed broadband antenna elements to achieve the best antenna system performance in the lowest total volume. Not only do new antenna systems need to allow for integration with armor, but the antennas could benefit from the protection of that same armor. Modularity and easy installation, including replacement, of armor panels without any additional complication from cable interconnection are also a primary goal for the FIRST RF approach. Our team consists of both industry and academia partners with proven results in each of the key areas of innovation, simulation, fabrication, and verification.

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