High Velocity Insensitive Launch Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-12-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: 11SB2-0031
Amount: $99,832.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB112-002
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Systima Technologies, Inc.
1832 180th St. SE, Bothell, WA, -
Duns: 086581902
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Berg
 Program Manager
 (425) 487-4020
 jerry.berg@systima.com
Business Contact
 Tom Prenzlow
Title: President
Phone: (425) 487-4020
Email: tom.prenzlow@systima.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Systima is proposing to develop an end-to-end integrated solution to provide a high velocity, Long Range Ram Accelerator Mobile Field Howitzer (LRRAM-FH) system that will dramatically increase velocity and range capabilities over conventional artillery. The ram accelerator launcher will accelerate the projectiles to velocities greater than 2 km/s, which will extend the capability of modern kinetic weapons and kinetic energy levels. LRRAM-FH design will maximize the mission effectiveness by providing a long range strike capability within existing artillery units while not adversely increasing logistics requirements. The LRRAM-FH would integrate existing infrastructure for training/elevating the tube and fire control systems. The LRRAM-FH will have adequate mobility to be integrated within existing remote firebases. The ram accelerator is a hypervelocity launcher that has been demonstrated with muzzle velocity up to 2.7 km/s. A new configuration offers significant performance gains over conventional ram accelerators and improved field-ability. Use of kinetic energy rather than high explosives will help these high velocity projectiles be insensitive material (IM) compliant. This in turn improves the system"s performance in the field and provides increased value to the warfighter. Systima will develop the concept and evaluate integration/application methods/designs to optimize the performance during the Phase I program.

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