Destructive Expendable Countermeasure Kill Vehicle (DECMKV)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: N061-017-1202
Amount: $149,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: N06-017
Solitcitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
101 West Sixth Street Suite 200, Austin, TX, 78701
Duns: 161214242
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rhonda Foster
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 479-7732
Business Contact
 W. McCone
Title: Vice President of Contrac
Phone: (512) 479-7732
Research Institution
Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) are a major threat to military aircraft. These threats have been widely proliferated over the past 30 – 40 years, and are readily available both to state and non-state users. The objective of the DECM effort is to develop an innovative aircraft self-protection destructive countermeasure payload, capable of being dispensed from the F/A-18’s Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) dispenser, which will be capable of autonomously acquiring, tracking and homing on an inbound threat missile, and destroying or rendering it ineffective. The approach will apply advanced processing, sensing and kinetic flare countermeasure technology.BENEFITS: An effective expendable countermeasure capable of destroying a MANPADS threat missile will have an immediate role in the protection of military aircraft. In addition, with the proliferation of these missiles and their use by terrorists, it has become apparent to many that there is a strong need to protect civil/commercial aircraft. Efforts are currently being made to apply conventional chaff and flare countermeasures, intended to divert missile threats from their target, to the protection of civil/commercial aircraft, but it is anticipated that the effectiveness of these systems against MANPADS threats may be limited. A countermeasure that intercepts and destroys MANPADS threat missiles at a safe distance will have strong benefit for both military and civil/commercial aircraft.

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