Sonobuoy Launched small UAV system

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$499,795.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0340
Award Id:
70400
Agency Tracking Number:
N045-004-0428
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3292 E. Hemisphere Loop, Tucson, AZ, 85706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602374951
Principal Investigator:
Jason Douglas
Program Manager
(520) 573-6300
jdouglas@acrtucson.com
Business Contact:
Brett Waldo
Controller
(520) 573-6300
bwaldo@acrtucson.com
Research Institute:
UNIV. OF ARIZONA
Richard C Haney
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, 85721
(520) 621-2211
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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