Novel Light-weight Warhead for Breaching and Destroying Hardened Structures

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$1,474,444.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-11-C-0188
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4440
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-130
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
4600 East West Hwy, Suite 500, Bethesda, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
153640735
Principal Investigator:
Fred Grace
Senior Research Scientist
(301) 680-8600
fred.grace.sbir@enig.com
Business Contact:
Eric Enig
President
(301) 680-8600
eric.enig@enig.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
ENIG proposes an innovative and novel approach, using pulsed power to convert explosive chemical energy into lethal jets to attack MOUT targets when fired from light weapons. The device is in the form of a precursor warhead optimized to maximize cavity diameter in brick and concrete targets so that an effective follow-through munition can be delivered within combatant structures. The warhead is compatible with weight/size constraints of light weapons having diameters of 66-84 mm. The precursor device is completely autonomous carrying small on-board power for seeding the pulsed power system. Electrical energy generated powers liners of metal and reactive materials into jet penetrators that represent more effective precursors to facilitate main munition lethality. In prior ENIG efforts, devices were designed and laboratory tests have demonstrated jet formation and penetration technology. Phase I efforts have resulted in moving technology forward and identifying configurations that can utilize this technology into viable warhead systems. ENIG has teamed with technology partners for present development, including Lockheed Martin Missile Fire Control (LMMFC) for transition into various weapon platforms. Phase I benefited from support and technical exchange between AMRDEC, DARPA and AFRL/RDHP. Both DARPA and AFRL have provided continuing Letters of Support for Phase II.

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