Passive Optical Taggants for Laser Designated Friend or Foe Identification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$149,976.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-12-M-1432
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-146-0883
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-146
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
111046152
Principal Investigator:
William Barney
Principal
(781) 879-1231
Barney.William@TIAXLLC.com
Business Contact:
Renee Wong
Contracting Officer
(781) 879-1286
Wong.Renee@TIAXLLC.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ABSTRACT: TIAX will develop a passive (unpowered) optical taggant device that responds with a signal in the 3-5 micron atmospheric transmission band when probed with a short-wave infrared laser. The device will be suitable for Identification Friend or Foe applications for US military and allies. It will be low-cost, robust, and easy to install in the field in a variety of shapes or cross-sections. The emission spectral signature will be confined to a narrow band, and features to promote covertness and avoid spoofing are included. BENEFIT: The technology will provide a tool for fratricide prevention that is designed for air- or vehicle-based identification of friendly dismounted personnel. Many issues with previous technology are addressed. The device is unpowered, lightweight, easy to use and is easily detectable, but operates outside the range of common night vision equipment so that it does not compromise concealed troops. This device will provide a useful tool for avoidance of friendly fire incidents under many operating conditions.

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