Effects of Hardbody-Plume Interactions on Radar Returns

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0147-11-C-7709
Agency Tracking Number: B2-1758
Amount: $999,953.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA09-031
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
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Principal Investigator
 Neeraj Sinha
 Senior Research Scientist
 (215) 766-1520
Business Contact
 Brian York
Title: Principal Scientist&Tre
Phone: (215) 766-1520
Email: york@craft-tech.com
Research Institution
Characteristics of missile plume RCS have a great potential to enhance defensive capabilities in several areas related to Ballistic Missile Defense Systems (BMDS). Supporting MDA"s engineering applications related to missile typing, discrimination, tracking, algorithm development, etc. requires estimation of many parameters by the plume models, which can be very expensive for complex targets that are not easily measured. High-fidelity, 3D plume modeling of threat systems is now at an advanced stage, utilizing a MDA-sponsored highly efficient, 3D CFD plume models; however, comparable capabilities are not available for corresponding RCS predictions. The Phase II will demonstrate an advanced 3D Vector Finite Element (VFE) RCS model for performing RCS predictions of 3D effects in plumes, which can strongly shift the Doppler spectrum of the plume from the hardbody return. The Phase II will demonstrate this 3D plume RCS modeling tool as mature for supporting production-oriented analysis, with applicability to the tracking of post-burnout debris for solid motors also.

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