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Linkless Ammunition Loading System Improvements

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0358
Agency Tracking Number: N221-008-1179
Amount: $238,860.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N221-008
Solicitation Number: 22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-06
Small Business Information
200 Yellow Place Pines Industrial Center
Rockledge, FL 32955-1111
United States
DUNS: 175302579
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Katancik
 (321) 631-3500
Business Contact
 Michael Rizzo
Phone: (321) 631-3550
Research Institution

The Navy currently utilize an unreliable linkless ammunition loading system (LALS) for servicing aircraft resulting in considerable downtime that hinders mission readiness. This system up- and downloads 20 mm ammunition for the M61A1 and M61A2 gun systems installed in Navy operated F/A-18 aircraft. In order to improve system reliability and availability, Mainstream proposes to develop drop-in replacement components for high failure rate LALS component assemblies. These new assemblies will prioritize simplicity and reducing moving parts to improve system reliability. During the Phase I effort Mainstream will analyze the current system, develop designs for drop-in replacement components, and test prototype features from the new designs. In Phase II, a full-scale prototype of each replacement component will be fabricated for integration and testing in the LALS.

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