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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0172
Agency Tracking Number: N051-034-1399
Amount: $997,556.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
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
 Gregory Otto
 Senior Program Manager
 (310) 371-5486
Business Contact
 Michael Burke
Title: CEO
Phone: (310) 371-5486
Research Institution
Navy tactical aircraft, such as F/A-18, P-3, EA-6, V-22 and in the near future JSF, need high data rate (e.g. T1) over-the-horizon communications capabilities in support of rapid re-targeting, reporting damage assessment, on/off-board sensor fusion and targeting, and other real-time mission critical communications. A new X-Band system, XTAR, is being considered by the Defense Department as a precursor to the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite System for use on disadvantaged platforms, such as submarines and tactical aircraft due to its ability to support these higher data rates with smaller antenna sizes. The technology challenge is to develop affordable, small, conformal (low radar cross section) antenna systems for these tactical aircraft. These antenna systems also need to support right and left circular polarizations, the ability to transmit and receive (with sufficient T-R isolation), and antenna gain of about 25dBic. The antenna system should provide performance for nearly the entire upper hemisphere of angular coverage, which requires steerable transmit and receive beams. ThinKom proposes to design & build antenna hardware using the VICTS phased array antenna technology suited for the F/A-18 E/F tactical aircraft.

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