High Isolation Transmit/Receive Antennas for Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) and Communications Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-09-C-S014
Agency Tracking Number: A082-084-1255
Amount: $119,111.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-084
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 125961123
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
As modern battlefield scenarios require increasingly greater radio frequency (RF) capabilities from US Army ground vehicles, there is a corresponding requirement to develop antenna systems that ensure the mutual interoperability of these functions. Currently, there is an urgent requirement to address this challenge for two essential RF capabilities: communications and electronic warfare (EW). Communications systems operate at low power levels, and with high sensitivities for both transmit and receive functions. EW systems have comparable sensitivity requirements in their receive modes, but require very high power levels in their transmit modes to perform their intended function. Because of the sensitivities of the two systems, their simultaneous operation in close proximity is a significant challenge that is not being adequately addressed in current systems. Accordingly, it is essential to develop antenna systems that provide high levels of isolation between communications and EW systems without compromising their sensitivity or performance. Many communications functions have their own antennas that are used on many US Army platforms. The focus of this program is in the development of a new antenna system for EW applications that provides the desired isolation with communications systems antennas, but maintains or extends the key performance characteristics of existing EW antennas.

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