Two-Material Penetrator Nose for Penetrating Sand and Concrete

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,043.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8651-11-C-0132
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-096-1923
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-096
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
DE Technologies Inc.
100 Queens Drive, King of Prussia, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
87-759-92
Principal Investigator:
William Flis
Director of Research
(610) 337-2800
flis@detk.com
Business Contact:
Robert Ciccarelli
Vice President
(610) 337-2800
ciccarelli@detk.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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