Rocket-Boosted Weapon System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28127
Amount: $749,701.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4845 Millersport Highway Po, Box 305, East Amherst, NY, 14051
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward B. Fisher
 (716) 689-0177
Business Contact
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Research Institution
The rocket-boosted weapon concept is proposed for aircraft secondary armament to perform short-range (2000-5000 feet) air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The system features a relatively small gun-launch, rocket-boosted guided projectile. Rapid-fire gun technology is used to launch multiple projectiles at relatively low muzzle velocity. Each projectile contains a substantial payload, a rocket motor to accelerate the projectile to high peak velocity during flight, and guidance commensurate with system requirements to achieve high hit probability. The muzzle velocity of the gun is augmented by the rocket booster to achieve flight characteristics suitable for a variety of range and target acquisition requirements; thus, the concept has unusual versatility inasmuch as the projectile features modularity and can be specially tailored to suit a specific mission. The rocket-boosted weapon concept has undergone initial conceptualization; but, the studies and analyses that are needed to establish the technical feasibility of some of the higher risk features, aircraft integration, and identification and adaptation to a specific mission have not been performed. It is proposed to address many of these aspects of concept development and feasibility assessment during the proposed program.

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