Affordable, High-Efficiency, Low-Profile VICTS X-Band Phased Array Antenna for Tactical Aircraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0199
Agency Tracking Number: N051-034-1399
Amount: $149,460.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-034
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90503
DUNS: 806647330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Milroy
 (310) 371-5486
Business Contact
 Michael Burke
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (310) 371-5486
Research Institution
Navy tactical aircraft, (e.g. F/A-18, P-3, EA-6, V-22 and JSF) need high data rate (e.g. T1) over-the-horizon communications for rapid re-targeting, damage assessment reporting, on/off-board sensor fusion, and real-time mission critical communications. The new X-Band SATCOM system, XTAR, is being considered by DOD for such use due to the higher data rates it provides via smaller antennas. These small antenna systems need RHCP and LHCP, to transmit and receive (with sufficient T-R isolation), and 25dBic antenna directivity (or equivalent T/R capabilities) over nearly the entire upper hemisphere, requiring steerable transmit and receive beams. ThinKom will conducted research, trade studies and analysis on ThinKom's highly affordable Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) phased array antenna technology and recommend suitable antenna systems for such tactical aircraft. ThinKom estimates small (approximately 13.5"), low profile (approximately 2") surface mounted VICTS antennas (or cavity mounted for LO) will provide the desired T/R performance up to 70 degrees off zenith. In addition, VICTS antenna systems are physically robust enough to withstand airborne environments, while using low-cost commercial materials and processes. Further, VICTS antenna systems, versus Actively Electronically Scanned Antennas, provide comparable performance with a 60%-70% smaller footprint and an 80%-90% lower cost.

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