FOCUSED COUNTERMINE ARRAY FOR MICROWAVE DETECTION AND DESTRUCTION OF MINES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9762
Amount: $49,933.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Graham Research
4278 Mechanicsville Rd, Bensalem, PA, 19020
DUNS: N/A
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr William J Graham
 (215) 638-4459
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Abstract
THIS PROPOSAL IS ADDRESSED TO THE PROBLEM OF DETECTING AND DISABLING LAND MINES USING FOCUSED MICROWAVE RADIATION. THE CONCEPT IS DIRECTED PRIMARILY TO SUBSURFACE ANTI-TANK MINES OF EITHER DIELECTRIC OR METALLIC COMPOSITION, ALTHOUGH IT IS ALSO APPLICABLE TO SURFACE MINES. THE INNOVATIVE CONCEPT PROPOSED IS THE USE OF A DIGITALLY FOCUSED AND SCANNED MICROWAVE ARRAY RADAR DETECTION SYSTEM USING BISTATIC OBLIQUE FORWARD SCATTERING TO REDUCE GROUND SURFACE REFLECTIONS. THE SYSTEM FORMS A HIGH RESOLUTION THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF THE MEDIUM WHICH ALLOWS A MINE TO BE BOTH DETECTED AND IDENTIFIED BY ITS IMAGE. THE SYSTEM USED A HIGH POWER FOCUSED MICROWAVE ARRAY FOR DESTRUCTION OF THE MINE BY MICROWAVE HEATING. THE GOAL OF THE DETECTION SYSTEM IS TO OBTAIN BETTER THAN 5 CM RESOLUTION IN THREE DIMENSIONS, HIGH SPEED IMAGING OF THE MEDIUM AND TARGET ALLOWING A HIGH RATE OF FORWARD MOTION, AND SUB-SURFACE TRANSMISSION APPROACHING 100%. THE SYSTEM WILL ATTEMPT TO DISABLE THE MINE WITHOUT DETONATION ALLOWING A REDUCED STANDOFF DISTANCE. THE CONCEPT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PROVIDE A UNIQUE METHOD OF HIGH SPEED, HIGH RESOLUTION MINE DETECTION WITH THE SAME FOCUSED ARRAY TECHNOLOGY BEING USED FOR DESTRUCTION OF THE MINE.

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