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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911W6-13-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number: A122-077-0068
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12-077
Solitcitation Number: 2012.2
Small Business Information
Systems and Materials Research Corporation
1300 West Koenig Lane, Suite 230, Austin, TX, -
Duns: 033171534
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Malcolm Prouty
 (512) 968-4750
Business Contact
 David Irvin
Title: Director of Research
Phone: (512) 757-5441
Research Institution
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.

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