Electro-Optic Terminal Protection for Radar Systems Phase II

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$998,189.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7162
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-1853
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA10-T001
Solicitation Number:
2010.B
Small Business Information
13076 NW 120th St., Whitewater, KS, 67154
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
131040979
Principal Investigator:
WilliamCarey
President
(316) 799-2763
carey@arc-tech.us
Business Contact:
WilliamCarey
President
(316) 799-2763
carey@arc-tech.us
Research Institute:
Univ of Missouri - Columbia
Gregory Triplett
Electrical and Computer Eng
233 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO, 65211-
(316) 655-7866

Abstract
The potential threat of directed energy weapons (DEW) and other high peak power electromagnetic transient signals require radar systems to implement front door protection against high power signals. Fast ultra wideband (UWB) and high power microwave (HPM) signals are not successfully blocked by most current protection technologies. The Phase I work demonstrated a quasi-passive, solid state electro-optic terminal protection system (EOTPS) to effectively block UWB and HPM signals from the front end of radar systems. The device uses power from the incoming transient to switch the signal line to ground. Because the system as a whole requires no external power other than the transient, it can be considered a passive device. Inherent delay in the system permits the switch to become fully conductive before the transient arrives, effectively creating a system with a negative switching time. This allows the entire transient to be reflected, in contrast to other high power terminal protection techniques which allow part of the transient to reach the LNA. The Phase II proposal presents a plan to further develop the performance of the EOTPS for higher frequencies and to coordinate with two prime contractors in developing test validation procedures to integrate this technology into BMDS architectures.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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