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Centralized Fire Control Software

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-21-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8567
Amount: $427,446.81
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-106
Solicitation Number: 19.2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-11-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-07-11
Small Business Information
2629 Sharon Copley Rd
Medina, OH 44256-9717
United States
DUNS: 078510776
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Periard
 (330) 814-3925
Business Contact
 Nicholas Vitalbo
Phone: (412) 915-0981
Research Institution

The primary objective is to is to develop a collaborative fire control decision aid – referred to as Centralized Fire Control Software (CFCS) - that will aggregate the data from end-users to a server on the network, utilize those data to compute the optimal engagements for each enemy, then push the results back to the individuals on the network. The result would be that Soldiers’ status is pulled from the very devices that they’re using to engage targets (e.g. laser rangefinders) and pushed to a central location for processing & viewing, providing the chain of command with unmatched situational awareness, without requiring any further inputs from the soldier. This organic integration with fire control devices will enhance soldier lethality by minimizing the time from enemy detection to engagement by the best-positioned friendly asset.    One of the central capabilities to this approach is using a technique known as Weapon Employment Zone (WEZ) analysis to compute the expected probability of hit for a shooter on a target, based upon the shooter’s weapon, the current atmospheric conditions, the target’s dimensions and movement. WEZ has been used heavily by SOCOM, the Army, and DHS to assess the effect of different parameters on the expected performance of small arms weapons, even being used in Afghanistan to determine enemy standoff distances. When calculated for each friendly against each enemy in the centralized database, this can be utilized as an objective measure of which friendly should be engaging which enemy.  One innovation for the CFCS is that this WEZ technique can be utilized in both directions of an engagement. If the enemy information includes the weaponry that the enemy possesses, nVision will utilize WEZ to compute the probability that an enemy can hit each of the friendly assets. This provides Soldiers and leaders with an objective measure of which enemy poses the greatest threat to any friendly and the leader can re-task his team members accordingly.

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