Two-Material Penetrator Nose for Penetrating Sand and Concrete

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number: F093-096-1923
Amount: $749,043.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-096
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
100 Queens Drive, King of Prussia, PA, -
DUNS: 87-759-92
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 William Flis
 Director of Research
 (610) 337-2800
Business Contact
 Robert Ciccarelli
Title: Vice President
Phone: (610) 337-2800
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: We propose to develop a two-part nose for a high-speed penetrator to successfully defeat hardened, deeply buried targets. The outer nose has a special shape that ensures stability of the penetrator's trajectory while penetrating a deep earth or sand overburden, to insure that the penetrator reaches its intended target without veering. When the penetrator then encounters a hardened (concrete) target, this outer nose is removed by fracture or erosion, exposing an inner nose that is specially shaped for efficient (low-drag) penetration of concrete. BENEFIT: A single bomb of the smallest possible size can be used to neutralize a hardened deeply buried target, thereby allowing more targets to be addressed per aircraft sortie. The technology is applicable to planetary and cometary geologic probes.

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