Optimized and Rapid Employment of Loitering Weapons in Response to Fires

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-05-C-0062
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0694
Amount: $736,365.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-176
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
ALPHATECH, INC.
6 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: 094841665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craid Lawrence
 Lead Research Engineer
 (703) 284-8440
 craig.lawrence@alphatech.com
Business Contact
 John barry
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (781) 273-3388
Email: jack.barry@alphatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ALPHATECH has developed a prototype planning tool, dubbed RATTLER, for Robust Automated Tactical Tomahawk Loitering and Engagement Router, in Phase I of this SBIR effort. RATTLER uses a variety of optimization techniques to construct missile trajectories that maximize target "coverage": the ability of the collective salvo of missiles to be redirected to a new set of aim-points. A RATTLER-generated strike plan is robust against uncertain retargeting events: once a strike plan is generated and put into execution, the same optimization techniques will be applied to the problem of dynamic retargeting. When a missile is diverted from its nominal flight path, RATTLER simultaneously perturbs the other flight paths, such that the remaining missiles maintain maximal coverage of the outstanding potential targets. In Phase I we have demonstrated the feasibility of our algorithmic concepts for tactical Tomahawk loiter and engagement planning. Our goal in Phase II will be to build upon this success: develop and rigorously evaluate a software tool based on these algorithmic concepts. The objectives of the software tool will be to optimize planning for near real-time employment of loitering weapons in support of critical user decisions.

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