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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,908.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N68335-11-C-0407
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N11A-002-0005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N11A-T002
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
125961123
Principal Investigator
 Ian Rumsey
 Senior RF Engineer
 (303) 449-5211
 irumsey@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: President
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
 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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