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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,975.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0172
Award Id:
75116
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-034-1399
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3825 Del Amo Blvd., Suite 200, Torrance, CA, 90503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806647330
Principal Investigator:
GregoryOtto
Senior Program Manager
(310) 371-5486
GregO@thin-kom.com
Business Contact:
MichaelBurke
CEO
(310) 371-5486
MikeB@thin-kom.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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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