Open System Manufacturing of Large Sensing/Weapons Platforms

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,998.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0034
Award Id:
96775
Agency Tracking Number:
10SB2-0239
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 10-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
210 Airport Street, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI, 02852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
041546834
Principal Investigator:
William Weedon
CEO
(401) 295-0062
wweedon@appliedradar.com
Business Contact:
Michael Sherry
President
(401) 295-0062
msherry@appliedradar.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In order to maintain our nation's technological superiority on air, sea and land, we must respond quicker to emerging threats and reduce the cost of major sensing platforms. Every DoD platform developed nowadays contains at least one sensor, whether it be RF, EO/IR, or acoustic. In fact, in a lot of recent developments, the platform is built around the sensor and exists only to support the sensor and possibly a weapon. This is certainly evident in the proliferation of unmanned vehicles. In the conventional defense acquisition paradigm, the entire sensing/weapons platform is developed by a single prime contractor with proprietary interfaces. In order to reduce cost and speed up development to respond to emerging threats, a new defense acquisitions and manufacturing process is needed that is more closely aligned with low-cost commercial processes and practices. We propose an approach that (1) utilizes open architectures for both hardware and software; (2) employs re-usable sub-assembly building blocks; (3) takes advantage of a software-defined architecture to maintain flexibility. This new manufacturing paradigm will be formalized in Phase 1, and demonstrated in a large-scale phased-array radar system platform application in Phase 2.

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