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UAV-Portable HPM C-UAS Device

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-23-P-0117
Agency Tracking Number: FX224-OCSO1-0545
Amount: $74,989.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: X224-OCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.4
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-11-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-02-14
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1111
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brendan Nunan
 (978) 738-8285
Business Contact
 William Marinelli
Phone: (978) 738-8226
Research Institution

Small-Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) operated by enemy actors present an immediate threat to forward Air Force (AF) installments, potentially leading to flight interruptions, enemy gathering of real-time intelligence, and payload delivery of weapons. The AF needs proliferated and attritable systems to protect against this emerging threat. The technology development under this SBIR topic will immediately support this need with the capability to produce a low-cost, UAV-portable high-power microwave (HPM) weapon. PSI’s goal is to integrate our previously developed Portable High-Power Microwave Disabler (PHPMD) onto an octocopter drone platform to create a counter-electronic weapon capable of incremental HPM effects (i.e. high-power jamming, power-down, permanent-shutdown) against COTS quadcopters. During Phase I, HPM effects testing will be performed with manual control over the attacking drone in an anechoic chamber, generating a marketing demonstration and raising the system to TRL 6. Phase II would see the development of a target detection, tracking and pointing system on the host vehicle, with a gimbal mounted demonstration, raising the system to TRL 8. The mission impact of this project on the AF and the DoD is a new capability to quickly and cheaply deploy C-UAS systems at forward Air Bases to defend the warfighter against sUAS threat.

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