KINETIC ENERGY WEAPONS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4187
Amount: $339,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Nichols Research Corp
4040 South Memorial Pkwy., Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory R. Mcneill
 (714) 476-0800
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE ACQUISITION OF POST BOOST PHASE VEHICLES AND/OR INDIVIDUAL REENTRY VEHICLES BY AN INFRARED SENSOR ON BOARD A SMALL G HARDENED PROJECTILE WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY HOMES ON AND IMPACTS ITS TARGET OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE APPROACH FOR REENTRY VEHICLE KINETIC ENERGY KILL. THE ACQUISITION, TRACKING, DISCRIMINATION AND GUIDANCE FUNCTIONS REQUIRED OF SUCH AN IR SENSOR RESULT IN A NUMBER OF CRITICAL ISSUES. THE SENSOR ACQUISITION RANGE IS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE AND IF EXTENDED SIGNIFICANTLY CAN PROVIDE DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT AND OVERALL SYSTEM COST REDUCTION. ACQUISITION RANGE IS LIMITED PRIMARILY BY HARD EARTH BACKGROUND (BOTH DC AND CLUTTER) AND THE DETECTION ALGORITHMS USED TO IDENTIFY TARGETS. SENSOR WAVEBAND OPTIMIZATION FOR REDUCING HARD EARTH BACKGROUND AS WELL AS EXTENDED MTI (MOVING TARGET INDICATOR) ALGORITHMS ARE PROPOSED FOR THIS INVESTIGATION. EXTENDING PROJECTILE ACQUISITION RANGE WILL INCREASE TOTAL DIVERT CAPABILITY SUBSEQUENTLY RELAXING BOTH HANDOVER ERROR VOLUME AND LAUNCHER POINTING ACCURACY REQUIREMENTS.

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