Compact Radar Technology For Over the Horizon Small-Boat and Semi-Submersible Detection and Tracking

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,908.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0407
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-002-0005
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T002
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator:
Ian Rumsey
Senior RF Engineer
(303) 449-5211
irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact:
Theresa Boone
President
(303) 449-5211
tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institute:
University of Florida
Roslyn S Heath
PO Box 116550
339 Wiel Hall
Gainesville, FL, 32611-
(352) 392-9447
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
As with all service branches within the Department of Defense (DoD), the mission objectives of the Navy are expanding to encompass not only major combat operations, but also asymmetric warfare scenarios. This expanding role requires the Navy to increasingly operate in littoral waters where effective identification of small craft and semi-submersibles is a critical capability for both fleet protection and counter illicit trafficking operations. The solicitation addresses the need for an effective, affordable radar solution to accomplish detection and tracking of small targets at extended range in the complex maritime environment. To meet the requirements of compact size, high resolution, exceptional clutter rejection, and affordability FIRST RF and the University of Florida propose to develop and demonstrate a Ka-band MIMO radar system using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Traditional phased array radars, while powerful assets on high-performance platforms, have remained unaffordable for widespread use throughout DoD. The combination of breakthrough research in MIMO signal processing by UF and innovative low-cost array manufacturing architectures developed by FIRST RF promises to deliver the performance required by next-generation systems at a small fraction of the cost of traditional systems.

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