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Radio Frequency (RF) Seeker Antenna for High Speed

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20101
Amount: $734,411.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1994
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
9332 Annapolis Road
Lanham, MD 20706
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Patrick W. Johnson
 (301) 459-4343
Business Contact
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Research Institution

An electronically scanned conformal array is proposed for a new generation of air-to-air missile seeker antenna. This new type of antenna array has the potential to impact the capabilities and performance of new missiles in multiple areas. - Cost Reduction - The seeker antenna system proposed is predicted to be considerably simpler to manufacture thereby reducing the cost. - This conformal array approach removes the requirement for a costly radome assemblv. This will reduce boresight errors and power loss resulting from the radome and makes the area at the nose of the missile available for other complementary sensors. - The antenna system and the proposed associated feeds and operating system will preclude the need for phase shifters and other expensive phased array technology. - Gimballed antennas are not required. - The proposed antenna system will have a higher reliability with fewer parts and no moving parts. - Because of the absence of the radome requirement, the system is compatible with all seeker frequencies through 94 GHZ. - No requirement for a rolling airframe to unmask monopulse blind areas. The array antenna achieves the electronic equivalent to a rolling monopulse by using banks of 8 elements, switched electronically, to achieve 2 sets of orthogonal views 45 degrees apart.

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