Conformal High Energy Laser Weapon System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,216.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-10-M-0084
Award Id:
97088
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-011-1195
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-011
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3357 Chasen Dr., Cameron Park, CA, 95682
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
619597995
Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey Barchers
President
(720) 524-7933
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Business Contact:
Jeffrey Barchers
President
(720) 524-7933
jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The cumbersome beam director and turret associated with conventional high energy laser (HEL) weapon systems pose a significant barrier to integration of HEL technology on aircraft. Development of a viable conformal HEL system architecture based on phased array lasers would provide a critical enabling capability for aircraft that would also be relevant to ground based platforms. Nutronics, Inc. proposes a Phase I effort to investigate its Conformal Laser Weapon System (CLAWS) architecture. CLAWS leverages an innovative Nutronics HEL phasing approach that phases from the master oscillator to the target. CLAWS is conformal, realizing the vision of phased array laser systems. CLAWS does not use a beacon illuminator, instead using the return from the HEL beam on the target for phasing the HEL. CLAWS is not degraded by time of flight. CLAWS utilizes an innovative non-iterative phased array imaging method. The proposed effort will verify the capability of CLAWS using simulation and will evaluate key system trades associated with capability, size, weight, and power requirements for CLAWS to meet capability of a 25 kW laser with a 30 cm beam director. Trades will be characterized by subaperture fill factor and field of regard, enabling downselect of beam steering technologies. BENEFIT: The proposed effort has numerous potential benefits and commercial applications, including (but not limited to): laser communication, space situational awareness, astronomical ground based imaging, laser radar, laser rangefinding, aircraft self defense (both commercial and military), air-base defense, ship self-defense, and tactical precision strike.

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