Sonobuoy Launched small UAV system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0340
Agency Tracking Number: N045-004-0428
Amount: $1,999,160.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2004
Solitcitation Topic Code: N04-T004
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Duns: 602374951
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jason Douglas
 Program Manager
 (520) 573-6300
Business Contact
 Brett Waldo
Title: Controller
Phone: (520) 573-6300
Research Institution
 Richard C Haney
 University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 85721
 (520) 621-2211
 Nonprofit college or university
The Navy and other government-sponsored agencies use the P-3 aircraft. Due to the diverse missions and limited number of P-3 aircraft, the most economical and expeditious way to enhance operations and assure crew safety would be to incorporate low-cost expendable tactical unmanned air vehicles (UAV's). If UAVs were incorporated into each P-3, a load-out of sonobuoy launched UAV's with interchangeable payloads (i.e., IR, TV, RF, HS, etc.) tailored to the specific mission could be locally launched, be controlled by the on-board sensor operator, and assist the platform in carrying out its mission. It would serve to enhance sensor capability and, in effect, allow the aircraft to operate in several areas at the same time due to the UAV's capability to detect/confirm contact data and relay information to the special missions crew without forcing the aircraft to leave station. The UAV would keep the crew safe because it could penetrate and operate in areas deemed hostile for manned operations.

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