Passive Optical Taggants for Laser Designated Friend or Foe Identification

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,820.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-13-C-1599
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-146-0883
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-146
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
TIAX LLC
MA, Lexington, MA, 02421-3102
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: In this effort, we will develop a passive taggant device for laser-designated Identification of Friend or Foe. The end result of the program will be a device that meets the definition of Technology Readiness Level 5 or 6. As part of the program we will conduct a field test at operationally realistic distance using a standard military EO/IR/laser sensor package. This technology is a critical tool for reducing fratricide incidence both within the US armed forces, and also between US and coalition forces. Key aspects of the technology include (a) no onboard power requirement; (b) detectable at long ranges with conventional EO/IR equipment; and (c) low unit cost. BENEFIT: The basic paradox that prevents wide adoption of taggant technology stems from two conflicting realities: The cost and time required to field a dedicated, optimized taggant sensor is impractical given the limited scale on which optical taggants are currently used; yet, Practical field demonstration of taggant capabilities cannot be conducted with current sensors (whether EO/IR, night vision, LIDAR, target designators, or rangefinders). The proposed technology will avoid this paradox by allowing taggant operations using a currently fielded sensor. Applications include Identification of Friend or Foe (Combat ID), Search and Rescue, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

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