High-Performance Dual-Band MWIR/LWIR Uncooled Imager for ABL IRST Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-07-C-7704
Agency Tracking Number: B063-054-1062
Amount: $99,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA06-054
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Erdtmann
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Mary Davoli
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Email: maryanne@agiltron.com
Research Institution
Agiltron proposes a high-performance dual-band imager for the IRST sensors used in the ABL Wide Area Surveillance System (WASS). To meet the needs of the MDA, the proposed imager will feature simultaneous dual-band MWIR/LWIR operation for increased discrimination capability; megapixel resolution for increased field of view, detection range, and angular resolution; uncooled operation for minimized weight, volume, power, and cost and absence of cooling requirements; and ruggedized components and packaging for operation at high altitudes, automotive-grade temperature operating range (–40°C to +85°C), and robust shock resistance. The use of COTS components and vertically integrated manufacturing will simplify manufacturing and radically reduce sensor cost. Compared to state-of-the-art IR imagers without dual-band capability, Agiltron’s novel dual-band imager will achieve significant reductions of about 30% in weight, over 80% in power consumption, and 70% in cost. In this Program, Agiltron will work with Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (LMMFC), the manufacturer of the ABL WASS, for implementation of the dual-band imager. The Phase I work will develop a prototype thermal imager for operation in the MWIR and LWIR bands and demonstrate its capability for detecting rocket/missile launches. A fully functional prototype dual-band MWIR/LWIR imager with megapixel resolution and ruggedized packaging will be produced in Phase II. The anticipated volume insertion time frame is less than 3 years.

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