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Military Working Dog Hearing Protection/Active Communication System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-22-C-0077
Agency Tracking Number: H2S-0035
Amount: $498,687.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-132
Solicitation Number: 17.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-08-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-12-11
Small Business Information
700 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27606-6322
United States
DUNS: 148551653
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jesse Shaver
 (919) 341-8241
Business Contact
 Aaron Walker
Phone: (919) 341-8241
Research Institution

Vadum and K9 Helm propose to combine Vadum canine Hearing Protection (HP) technologies (including both passive and active protection modes) with K9 Helm Military Working Dog (MWD) helmet technologies. The K9 Helm products provide several additional functions (beyond HP) including eye protection, muzzle functionality, and mounting points for other sensors. The combined functionality supports frequent MWD training demands (which may entail exposures to high-impulse sound sources, such as blank rounds and flash bang rounds), while reducing premature canine hearing loss. Combination of Vadum HP technology with K9 Helm technology will allow the dogs to train using an equipment configuration that is very similar to that used in actual combat operations. Additionally, the headset will help to protect dogs from loud sustained sounds that are typical of military transport modalities, such as rotorcraft.

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