Rearward Emitting Tracer Ammunition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-11-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: A102-121-0770
Amount: $69,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-121
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division, 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg 100, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kang-Bin Chua
 Director
 (310) 320-3088
 ATProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Army"s need for small caliber tracer ammunition that is dim and visible only by the shooter and friendly forces, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the novel Rearward Emitting Tracer Ammunition (RETA), based on an innovative design that integrates mature materials and fabrication processes with POC-developed and COTS components. This innovation enables RETA to be visible to the user during the day and not to saturate night-vision goggles/devices. Because it does not leave a visible combustion trail, RETA is only perceptible to the shooter and friendly forces near the shooter while maintaining imperceptibility to foes. Its mass remains unchanged throughout the entire trajectory path; therefore, its lethality and range are not affected. The inert nature of the material in RETA allows it to have a long shelf life with reliable performance. In Phase I, POC will identify the fabrication process and produce prototypes for demonstration. Producibility and optical emission efficacy will be characterized and compared with similar tracer products. In Phase II, POC will optimize the fabrication process and fabricate complete live RETA rounds to demonstrate their capability in a military weapon and to test their capability of integrating and operating within Army operational architecture.

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