A Distributed Aperture Radar Technology for Enhanced Force Protection Against Tactical Airborne Threats

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$730,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-10-C-0121
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4008
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-164
Solicitation Number:
2008.3
Small Business Information
Propagation Research Associates
1275 Kennestone Circle, Suite 100, Marietta, GA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149785201
Principal Investigator:
E. Holder
Principal Research Scient
(678) 384-3402
jeff.holder@pra-corp.com
Business Contact:
Susan Dugas
Vice President
(678) 384-3401
contracts@pra-corp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Propagation Research Associates, Inc., (PRA) proposes to fabricate and demonstrate the performance of a prototype for the innovative distributed aperture radar technology designed in Phase I. The Phase I technology was designed to use waveform diversity for effective implementation of fire control and engagement capabilities to defeat multiple attacks from any direction. Force protection against low-cost, ballistic threats imposes resource management challenges for a Fire Control Radar (FCR) that is charged with tracking and directing fire to negate these threats. An FCR is required to support several functions such as search, track, weapon assignment, target engagement, impact point prediction, and launch point estimation. The proposed PRA radar technology reduces radar resources required to deal with these functions through the implementation of three (or more) distributed phased arrays to provide enhanced multipath mitigation and improved accuracy over conventional radar architectures. The distributed aperture radar can implement both command guidance and a unique semi-active guidance concept in a single radar design without adding significant cost to a missile interceptor. The semi-active guidance technology integrates elements of command guidance and semi-active guidance to address saturated threat attacks without significantly impacting cost and radar resources.

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