The RATV - An Innovative Riparian All-Terrain Launch & Recovery System for Expeditionary Combat Surface Craft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-08-M-0091
Agency Tracking Number: N081-052-0133
Amount: $69,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-052
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
5032 S. Ash Avenue, Ste. 101, Tempe, AZ, 85282
DUNS: 116749289
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Goedken
 Principal Investigator
 (480) 820-2032
Business Contact
 Michael Haerle
Title: Controller/Contracts
Phone: (480) 820-2032
Research Institution
Safe insertion and extraction of riparian surface craft is an essential military requirement for the future of riverine warfare. Safe, Inc. has developed the RATV (Riparian All-Terrain Vehicle) – a comprehensive transport, launch, and retrieval system that will reduce Time-On-Site by a factor of four and will greatly expand the operational footprint via enhanced terrain navigation capabilities inherent within the proposed technological architecture. The system is also fully compatible with legacy trailers and tow vehicles to support a gradual cross-over transition. Additionally, initial engineering estimates have verified that the proposed concept will meet military transport requirements for lift capacity and space claim for the MH-47, MH-53, C-130, C-17, and C-5 aircraft as well as roll-on/roll-off for amphibious vehicles (LCAC, LCU). In Phase I, Safe will develop a draft capabilities document (ICD), mature the design concept, verify transportability, and provide a Risk Assessment for the proposed technologies. In Phase I, Safe will also develop the Phase II team framework to fully commercialize this novel system. The RATV’s agility, maneuverability, range, flexible transport options, support for legacy systems, and robust launch and recovery device represents the future for Naval riverine combat.

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