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Autoloader Module 1: Projectile Preparation (PP) Module

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-21-P-0007
Agency Tracking Number: A205-179-0019
Amount: $199,990.64
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-179
Solicitation Number: 20.5
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-05
Small Business Information
11149 Bradford Road
Littleton, CO 80127-4200
United States
DUNS: 148034408
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Karl Reinig
 (303) 874-8262
Business Contact
 Nada Farmer
Phone: (303) 792-5615
Research Institution

M109 Paladin howitzers play an important tactical role in support of Army ground forces. Launching 155mm projectiles has remained a labor-intensive process despite advanced technology now permeating both the vehicle and the munitions, as illustrated by systems such as PGK-equipped (Precision Guided Kit) weapons. Manual handling and loading of the projectiles restricts the achievable rate of fire, forcing the crew to loiter in the battle space and placing the mission at risk. Moreover, the crew is at risk for various injuries when handling heavy projectiles. ADA Technologies proposes to develop a modular autoloader composed of two largely independent, simple, light and adaptable modules to address the need for a significantly increased rate of fire, reducing exposure to enemy counter measures, and addressing long-term ergonomic issues for the crew. When combined, the two modules will enable a fire rate of up to 12 projectiles per minute and remove one crew member. ADA Technologies will develop the system in partnership with Northrop Grumman, supplier of the PGK, and Moog, supplier of the 155mm projectile autoloader for the German PzH 2000. This proposal addresses the development of the first module, the “Projectile Preparation” module. The “Munition Loading” module is proposed separately.

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