Wing and Bomb Bay Launched (WBBL) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,905.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-05-C-0262
Agency Tracking Number:
N051-005-1369
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
N05-005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Small Business Information
AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
825 S. Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, CA, 91016
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
058024456
Principal Investigator:
Carlos Miralles
Senior Project Manager
(805) 581-2187
miralles@aerovironment.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Cleveland
Director, Contracts & Legal Affairs
(626) 357-9983
cleveland@aerovironment.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The P-3 aircraft is required to fly multiple diverse missions, many of which could intrude into contested or hostile environments, jeopardizing the safety of the crew and aircraft. The aircraft can reduce this vulnerability by conducting its mission from high altitude and standoff range through the use of tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). AeroVironment proposes to leverage the X-Glider development effort to design a scaled, powered derivative of the X-Glider, dubbed X-Power, for sensor deployment and ISR missions. X-Power will be organic to the host aircraft, mounted directly in the bomb bay and/or wing pylon weapons mount. The UAV would have interchangeable modular payloads with sensor packages tailored for the specific mission. The UAVs could deploy sensors to a remote location, either autonomously, under manual control, or through a combination of autonomous and manual guidance, allowing the aircraft to maintain a safe distance. Real-time data link will enable the onboard sensor operator to quickly investigate, identify, and mark hostile vessels for interception or engagement while keeping the P-3 and crew out of harms way. Additionally, the use of UAVs would provide the capability to conduct operations simultaneously in multiple locations, greatly enhancing the operational effectiveness of the P-3 aircraft.

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