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Momentum Arrest & Shock Collapse (MASC) ATGM Countermeasure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911SR-22-C-0003
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8722
Amount: $604,319.32
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-058
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-10-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-09-17
Small Business Information
6300 Gateway Dr.
Cypress, CA 90630-4844
United States
DUNS: 614108918
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeff Hamilton
 (714) 224-4410
Business Contact
 Ruth Craig
Phone: (714) 224-4410
Research Institution

The most lethal of all laser-aided systems, the beamrider missile is a family of weapons designed to use a laser to steer a projectile onto an enemy platform. The difficulty in employing near-field obscurants to defeat LBMs is that once the missile has reached the obscuring field it has already been well-guided and for all intents and purposes can be considered “on-target” at the point when the onboard forward-looking guidance systems take over. This means that the probability a hit or near-hit remains high. An obscurant capable of rapidly being deployed at hypersonic speeds and at kilometer ranges along the designated Beamriding-Vector (BV) would scatter and disrupt the columnated targeting signal causing the guidance system of the now unattended missile to hunt for the beamrider signal and wander off target causing a miss. Deploying obscurants at hypersonic velocities faces a number of challenges; specifically, the compression (bow shock) and recompression (tail shock) sweep any released particulate into the munition’s turbulent wake where they aggregate. The Momentum-Arrest & Shock Collapse LBM countermeasure utilizes an onboard Explosive Impulse Brake to near-instantaneously halt the munition thereby causing shock collapse and allowing for wide area dissemination of obscurants through launchable submunitions.

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