Wing and Bomb Bay Launched (WBBL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0266
Agency Tracking Number: N051-005-1570
Amount: $149,681.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-005
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
West Terminus of Second Street, P.O. Box 360, Essington, PA, 19029
DUNS: 002266609
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vice President, Technology
 (610) 521-5700
Business Contact
 John Piasecki
Title: Vice President, Contracts
Phone: (610) 521-5700
Research Institution
An economical and expeditious way of incorporating a small tactical Wing and Bomb Bay Launched (WBBL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) to enhance the operational effectiveness and survivability/safety of the P-3C will be investigated. The WBBL-UAV will be capable of carrying interchangeable payloads which will be controllable by P-3C crew. To demonstrate this concept rapidly and cost effectively, an existing airborne weapon, the Titan AW700, will be converted to meet the WBBL-UAV requirements, including launch from universal bomb racks at speeds of 150-250 kts., an altitude range from 5-30,000 ft. with minimal impact on P-3C system safety, a range of >150 nm, endurance >6 hrs, slow speed (<100 kts) flight capability, and a <1,000 lbs gross weight. The design study will develop concepts for the launch rail adaptor, aerodynamic modifications to the wing to meet performance requirements, development of interchangeable payload ICD, and control system modifications for inflight launch and operator control. During the Phase I Option, the program key technical risk will be identified. A final report will be submitted summarizing the design approach and trade-offs accomplished to meet the Phase I objectives. The final configuration will be defined and the results of the mission capability analysis presented.

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