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Improved Communications and Hearing Protection for Army Aviation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91CRB-21-P-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A202-145-0445
Amount: $111,495.85
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-145
Solicitation Number: 20.2
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-10-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-07-15
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1111
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Audette
 (603) 640-2435
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Research Institution

A warfighter must be able to communicate. Communication is critical to lethality, survivability, and operational tempo. However, Army rotorcraft are notoriously noisy environments. Noise makes communication very challenging, especially in the high-stress and high-workload conditions of Army aviation. High noise within the cabin makes it difficult to hear and interpret speech coming from the radios and rotorcraft ICS. This can slow response times, which can put the mission or aircrew safety at risk. Furthermore, high noise levels put the aircrew at risk for hearing loss and tinnitus, both of which increase disability and reduce quality of life. We propose to develop an upgraded HGU-56/P communication system incorporating improved active and passive noise reduction. We will adapt existing products and technology to the Army aviation environment and validate through laboratory and human tests.

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