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Common D&R System for MCM USV

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-20-C-0637
Agency Tracking Number: N201-061-0836
Amount: $140,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-061
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-02-02
Small Business Information
1850 Frankfurst Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21226-1024
United States
DUNS: 188955991
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Tom Bein
 (443) 254-3330
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Hines
Phone: (443) 524-3330
Research Institution

The Navy has demonstrated that two towed sonar systems, the AN/AQS-20C and the AN/AQS-24B can perform the Mine Hunting mission from the Mine Countermeasures USV. The two sonars use different towing configurations, shoulder tow and nose tow, which currently requires replacement of the entire deploy and retrieve (D&R) system. The objective of this project is to develop a common deploy and retrieve system for towed sonars. Within this R&D effort a single system will be demonstrated in a relevant environment that can deploy and recover both shoulder towed and nose-towed sonar systems whose body diameters range from 10.29” to 15.5”, that is lighter than the current systems, has high reliability, and can transition between towed sonars in the field. The objective of this Phase I effort is to mature the concept design presented in this proposal by developing sufficient details of the required features, predicted motions, and controls required of the common D&R system so that an assessment can be made of the feasibility of the proposed D&R system to meet the objectives. The attributes of the common D&R system are also attractive to commercial users of towed sonars, for example surveys of oil and gas pipelines.

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