SmartMAG - Automated Self-Indexing Magazine and Rapid Selective Deployment System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911W6-13-C-0005
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A122-077-0068
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-077
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
1300 West Koenig Lane, Suite 230, Austin, TX, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
033171534
Principal Investigator:
Malcolm Prouty
President
(512) 968-4750
malcolmprouty@systemsandmaterials.com
Business Contact:
David Irvin
Director of Research
(512) 757-5441
davidirvin@systemsandmaterials.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Future weapon system operators of attack vehicles will use advanced ammunition technology as a battlefield force multiplier providing improved lethality and tactical superiority against the enemy. This will be accomplished by employing a suite of tactical,"Smart"rounds with varying capabilities to carry out defeat of the enemy. The use of Smart rounds will result in the soldier's spending less time engaged in costly and potentially deadly fire exchanges with enemy forces. The last barrier to achieving this critical tactical integration is a"Smart-Feed"magazine and deployment system to first locate the system-selected round in a magazine, and then rapidly deploy the selected smart round to the feeder at the gun turret. SMRC proposes the SmartMAG, an automated self-indexing magazine and rapid selective deployment mechanism. With the press of a button in the cockpit, the SmartMAG locates the selected round, transfers the round to the linkless feed system, then rapidly deploys the round to the feeder at the gun turret - all within seconds. The SmartMAG system will consist of an Ammunition Control Unit coupled with a Red-Green-Blue color sensor, a standard magazine storage unit, and a sprocket transfer assembly based on the current magazine technology available.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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