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High PRF Tracking Illuminator Laser

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-21-P-0334
Agency Tracking Number: FX203-CSO1-0572
Amount: $49,729.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF203-CSO1
Solicitation Number: X20.3
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-08
Small Business Information
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-1111
United States
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rupak Changkakoti
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Research Institution

Directed Energy (DE) technologies provide our armed forces with a unique capability to defend against multitude threats with great precision and minimal collateral damage at minimal cost per engagement. The need for capable DE systems is supported by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering who has identified DE systems as a top modernization priority.  All Directed Energy laser weapons require a beam control system which enables precision aiming of the laser beam at long distances to typically small, agile, and fast-moving targets.   Beam control systems are a crucial subsystem of every Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) system and support the entire kill-chain from target acquisition and coarse tracking to fine aimpoint selection and atmospheric distortion compensation. A Tracking Illuminator Laser (TIL) is a key component of beam control systems and provides illumination at the target for precision target tracking, ranging and aimpoint selection/maintenance. The TIL has demanding performance requirements beyond the state-of-the-art and is currently one of the performance-limiting subsystems in DEW systems.   The Air Force’s unique TIL requires a high power (500 W) and high Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF) laser operating in the eye-safe wavelength range.  The high PRF (>20 kHz) is required to adequately sample the high-temporal frequency tilt introduced by aero-optic disturbances from turreted supersonic aircraft.

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