Submarine ES System RF Groom&Certification

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66604-10-C-0382
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-015-0018
Amount: $499,387.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T015
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-03-03
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
62 Johnny Cake Hill, Aquidneck Corporate Park, Middletown, RI, -
DUNS: 072118748
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Goneau
 Project Manager
 (401) 847-2260
Business Contact
 Tom Cranson
Title: Contracts Officer
Phone: (401) 847-2260
Research Institution
 Mercer Engineering Research Center
 F.M. Barron
 Mercer University
135 Osigian Blvd
Warren Robbins, GA, 31088-0000
 (478) 953-6800
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
US Navy submarine forces currently employ an independent team to test, measure, calibrate and certify radio frequency (RF) signal paths through sail mounted antennae to the inboard radio rooms in a process that can take in excess of 60 man-days to complete. Ships personnel have no means of calibrating or performing an operational verification of the ES suite once underway. Ships have no means of performing a comprehensive post-repair retest or comparison to a previously collected RF performance specification. It is strongly desirable for the submarines to have a capability to organically perform these functions, as needed, without significant outside assistance. The shore-based facilities where modernization and maintenance normally occurs are well suited to supporting, with expertise and equipment, the initial groom and certification needs for these submarine platforms. When emergent maintenance needs arise, the navy incurs significant cost and effort to conduct recertification of these platforms. Deployment and mission demands may dictate a need to continue with operations without awaiting the resources and expertise necessary to perform recertification. This may result in compromised system performance, loss of system capability, invalidation of mission-related data collection or threat to ownship due to failure of threat recognition or classification.

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