Helicopter Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI) Sensor Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-12-C-A124
Agency Tracking Number: A121-035-0640
Amount: $99,259.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-035
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
9160 Red Branch Road, Co, MD, -
DUNS: 113489319
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eugene Lee
 Manager, Columbus Research Center
 (410) 884-0500
Business Contact
 Edward O'Malley
Title: VP, Finance and Administration
Phone: (410) 884-0500
Email: Ed.OMalley@SyntonicsCorp.com
Research Institution
Syntonics proposes to develop the Staring Projectile Detection Radar (SPiDR) for helicopters. SPiDR is an ultra wideband (UWB)"noise"radar that stares at an approximately 3 GHz wide portion of the 6-30 GHz band. SPiDR detects incoming and near-miss projectiles ranging from slow RPGs to fast rifle bullets. SPiDR uses existing radar and signal processing electronic concepts that have already been successfully demonstrated. Staring UWB noise radar are lightweight, elegantly simple, intrinsically low cost/low power devices that use low probability-of-detection (LPD) spread-spectrum radio frequency signals to detect and range on objects. Using LPD signals at power levels comparable to the environmental RF noise floor means the radar can operate without detectable electronic signature. SPiDR"s detection and ranging technique is intrinsically immune to helicopter vibration and maneuvering. SPiDR"s radar modules are small and can be mechanically integrated in a variety of ways including as conformal patches on the helicopter"s fuselage alongside existing threat sensors, or as a single multi-sided squat pyramid under the helicopter. Integrating SPiDR"s user interface with the AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning System or Advanced Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AASE) should be feasible.

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