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Advanced Fire Control Radar for Group 1 and 2 Unmanned Surveillance Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-19-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7607
Amount: $537,498.58
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-126
Solicitation Number: 17.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-04
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-09-05
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ninad Patnekar
 Director, Innovative Technologies
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (424) 835-9475
Research Institution

To address the Army’s need for a platform-agnostic, low-SWaP-C fire control radar, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to advance the development of the Advanced Fire Control Radar for Group 1 and 2 Unmanned Surveillance (ARGUS) systems proven feasible in Phase I. This system is based on integration of patch antenna arrays for transmit and receive capabilities tied into low-power COTS processing modules harnessing algorithms for target detection and identification from a long range. These innovations bring advanced radar capabilities to small UAVs that can operate in degraded visual environments. In Phase I, POC successfully met all the objectives and conclusively demonstrated the feasibility of ARGUS. Key technical risks associated with the technology were reduced via designing, developing, and testing a limited-scale prototype in a controlled environment. As a result, Phase II development is now a straightforward process of engineering, optimization, and risk-reduction. In Phase II, POC plans to further mature this technology along with its partners by building a full prototype system that can be integrated with select platforms for preliminary flight testing. We anticipate that at the end of Phase II, ARGUS will reach technology readiness level (TRL)-6 and will be mature enough for further Army testing and pre-productization.

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