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Canine Non-Line of Sight Directional Control System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-19-P-0037
Agency Tracking Number: A191-007-0243
Amount: $162,433.15
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-007
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-31
Small Business Information
2401 Research Blvd Suite 204
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States
DUNS: 078823001
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kelly A Mann
 Technical Director
 (210) 218-6424
Business Contact
 Michael Cushman
Phone: (508) 410-9230
Research Institution

Multi-purpose canines (MPCs) attached to Army Special Operational Forces (ARSOF) units play pivotal roles in small unit tactics as a force multiplier. The ARSOF canine handler’s inability to effectively communicate with the MPC in non-line of sight (non-LOS) scenarios limit ARSOF Soldier maneuverability, survivability, lethality and unit tactical advantage. Current techniques for off-leash directional control require red, visible lasers to “push” MPCs to specific locations within the canine handler’s line of sight. Line of sight directional control greatly limits the operational utility and activities of MPCs in combat scenarios, clandestine operations, surveillance and remote detection events. In this SBIR, Mantel proposes a unique, simple, low cost solution that leverages COTS hardware, experience in electronics integration into soft goods, and military working dog experience to address the current need.

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