Photonics; BMDO/02-211A-Optical Materials

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-13-C-0092
Agency Tracking Number: 02-1030a
Amount: $849,993.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: BMDO02-011
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
Kent Optronics, Inc
40 Corporate Park Drive, Hopewell Junction, NY, -
DUNS: 129457037
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Le Li
 (845) 897-0138
Business Contact
 Le Li
Title: CEO
Phone: (845) 897-0138
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: In order to minimize the cost and complexity of Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Infrared (IR) guided interceptor systems, and Air Force Theater Defense, MDA/Air Force established the Kinetic-kill-vehicle Hardware-in-the-Loop (KHILS) Simulation Facility for the purpose of performance testing of integrated seeker, signal processor, guidance, and missile models in National Missile Defense (NMD) and Theater Missile Defense (TMD) scenarios. Current Infrared resistor array projectors are silicon based with a maximum temperature simulation capability of around 750K, causing it to fall short of the capability to simulate high temperature thermal objects, e.g., the missile plumes and countermeasure with a blackbody apparent temperature (BAT) as high as 3,000K. The current SBIR program with Kent Optronics has demonstrated adequate performance of the infrared scene projection (IRSP) display for both MWIR and LWIR. However, the LCoS display panels in the IRSP experienced shortfalls due to the manufacture pre-maturity. This SBIR Phase II proposal seeks to overcome that shortfall and deliver the 2-color MW/LW IRSP to the government. BENEFIT: The Multi-spectrum will be integrated into the KHILS facilities in Eglin AFB for simulation in hardware-in-the-loop. Both MDA and the U.S. Air Force are the primary customers. The benefit is obvious: it saves millions of dollars cost by reducing the real flight tests. In addition to KHILS, Aviation and Missile Command, Army unit such as USAAMCOM, ATEC, DTC, ATTC, as well as NASA, and NATO members are also potential customers. Commercial customers could be night vision, and IR sensor developers/users.

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