HUNTER/KILLER COUNTERMINE SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$49,812.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10275
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Systems Support Inc
10024 Colvin Run Rd, Great Falls, VA, 22066
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Robert B Moler
(703) 754-2013
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE DETECTION AND NEUTRALIZATION OF LAND MINES HAS BEEN A GOAL OF RESEARCH FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. PRESENTLY, ONLY METALLIC MINES CAN BE DETECTED, AND THEN ONLY AT A LOW SEARCH SPEED USING A HAND HELD DETECTOR. NEUTRALIZATION TECHNIQUES AVAILABLE ARE THE MINE ROLLER AND THE MINE PLOW, BOTH OF LIMITED EFFECTIVENESS AND THE LINE CHARGE, WHICH CLEARS A NARROW LANE. ADVANCES IN THE GENERATION AND SCANNING OF INTENSE ELECTRON BEAMS HAVE OPENED UP PREVIOUSLY IMPRACTICAL METHODS OF MINE DETECTION INVOLVING GAMMA-INDUCED ACTIVATION OF NITROGEN. LINACS CAPABLE OF ELECTRON ACCELERATION RESULTING IN ENERGY GAINS OF MORE THAN 5 MEV PER METER HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED. DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION OF A BURIED NON-METALLIC MINE WITHIN A FEW CM APPEARS POSSIBLE. RECENT DEMONSTRATION OF THE PROPAGATION OF INTENSE ELECTRON BEAMS THROUGH AIR OPEN UP THE POSSIBILITY THAT REASONABLE LOCALIZATION OF A MINE FUSE WOULD PERMIT SUCH A BEAM TO AFFECT IGNITION WITH HIGH PROBABILITY. CONSERVATION ESTIMATES OF THE POWER DENSITY IMPLY THAT A 100 KW PULSE WITH A DURATION OF 1 SECOND, COVERING AN AREA OF 10 SQUARE CM WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO INITIATE THE SENSITIVE COMPONENTS IN A FUZE.

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