Transformational Close Air Support

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$739,918.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
08SB2-0912
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB082-061
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
PO Box 202, West End of Second Street, Essington, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
793042243
Principal Investigator:
Jim Hacunda
Director of Systems Engin
(610) 521-6115
JimHacunda@DragonflyPictures.com
Business Contact:
Gregory Piasecki
Director of Commercializa
(610) 521-6115
GregoryPiasecki@DragonflyPictures.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
DPI proposes to flight demonstrate a transformational Close Air Support (CAS) system by leveraging highly agile and highly stable platforms to place the eyes and ears of the Small Unit Commander (SUC) into complex terrain or during jamming. To do so, DPI suggests"disaggregating"the TAC function in certain applications of CAS. That is, by having engaged ground units perform some of the current Tactical Air Controller (TAC) functions (e.g., target identification and geo-location), thus freeing TACs to concentrate on functions that require a fully certified controller (e.g., assigning targets to aircraft and clearing pilots to release munitions). For the time critical portion and after the TAC has pre-approved the application of CAS, the TAC and Small Unit Commander (SUC) should be de-coupled. The system should remove reliance on any line of sight, audio, and visual cues, i.e., from TAC to target, target to pilot, from target to bomb . These cues are unreliable in poor weather and often not available in complex terrain. DPI proposes to flight demonstrate a transformational CAS system which includes a DP-12 Rhino Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aircraft System (VTOL UAS), a small arms acoustic sensor, geo-location, laser designation, and cost-to-go mission planner.

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