Innovative Fire Control Radar Technology for Improved Sensing and Engagement of Tactical Short-Range Airborne Threats

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0304
Award Id:
92001
Agency Tracking Number:
A083-164-0383
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100, Marietta, GA, 30066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149785201
Principal Investigator:
E. Jeff Holder
Principal Research Scientist
(678) 384-3402
jeff.holder@pra-corp.com
Business Contact:
Susan Dugas
Vice President
(678) 384-3401
contracts@pra-corp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) proposes an innovative distributed aperture radar technology that uses waveform diversity for effective implementation of fire control and engagement capabilities to defeat multiple attacks from any direction. Force protection against low-cost, ballistic threats imposes challenges for a Fire Control Radar (FCR) that is charged with tracking and directing fire to negate these threats. An FCR is required to support several functions such as search, track, weapon assignment, target engagement, impact point prediction, and launch point estimation. The proposed PRA radar technology reduces radar resources required to deal with these functions through the implementation of three (or more) distributed phased arrays to provide enhanced multipath mitigation and improved accuracy over conventional radar architectures. The distributed aperture radar can implement both command guidance and a unique semi-active guidance concept in a single radar design without adding significant cost to a missile interceptor. The semi-active guidance technology integrates elements of command guidance and semi-active guidance to address saturated threat attacks without seriously impacting cost and radar resources.

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