Enhanced Lethality Munitions for Army Applications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$117,927.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-05-P-0016
Award Id:
73759
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-218-3221
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
350 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
031994218
Principal Investigator:
Harvey Gratt
Principal Investigator
(256) 704-3420
hgratt@radiancetech.com
Business Contact:
E. Dublin
Chief Financial Officer
(256) 704-3404
scott@radiancetech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Enhanced lethality munitions are eagerly sought after by the designers of the next generation of smaller, lighter, and cheaper munitions within DoD. A very important issue for the enhancement material is that it be no more massive than the current concepts. In fact, a reduction in mass compared to a common approach of building a missile and adding a warhead, would be to build the missile structural components, i.e. from the lethality enhancers themselves. This would allow the elimination of the extra mass of the warhead while delivering up to ten times the combined energy as a steel warhead, to the target. Bulkheads heatshields, sensor housings, and connecting structures would be the most likely candidates for these materials. These materials can be formed from bimetallic compositions such that they will react spontaneously when exposed to high temperatures / pressures similar to what would be experienced in a missile or bullet impact. Upon ignition, the energy released by the Reactive Materials (RM) can exceed the kinetic energy due to velocity alone by as much as ten times.

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