Submarine Radar Vulnerability Reduction

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$79,910.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N00024-13-P-4574
Solitcitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N131-033-0463
Solicitation Topic Code:
N131-033
Small Business Information
Rock West Solutions, Inc.
8666 Commerce Avenue, San Diego, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
806704156
Principal Investigator
 Keith Loss
 VP Programs
 (858) 537-6260
 keith.loss@1rockwest.com
Business Contact
 Keith Loss
Title: VP Programs
Phone: (858) 537-6260
Email: keith.loss@1rockwest.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Submarine masts include optical sensors that provide the crew hemispherical viewing capability at the surface. There may be multiple optical sensors distributed circumferentially around the mast. These masts can include treatments to reduce their radar cross section (RCS). The optical windows for the sensors introduce facets and other reflecting features to the cylindrical masts which in turn cause significant spikes in the RCS of the mast when viewed from angles near normal to the each of the windows. We propose a novel method to reduce the RCS spikes caused by the optical sensors using existing absorbers treatments and common materials without requiring layered coatings to the optics aperture itself. The treatment concept holds strong promise that it will not degrade the performance of the optics unacceptably. Once proven for submarine optical apertures, this treatment can be adapted to electro-optic apertures on other platforms such as aircraft, ships and ground vehicles.

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