Improved Field of Regard for Strap Down Semi Active Laser Seekers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$69,995.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-09-C-0083
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-041-1085
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-041
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
John Dennison
Director, Arete Sonoma
(707) 546-8018
jdennison@arete.com
Business Contact:
David Kane
Vice President, Optical Systems Div
(520) 570-8660
dkane@arete.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Missile systems such as Hellfire provide outstanding lethality, but use traditional gimbaled seeker heads that are too expensive and heavy to meet increasing missile loadout requirements. The reduced weight and lower cost of Strapdown Semi-Active Laser seekers enable missile loadouts that provide greater stowed kill capabilities and/or time on station. Areté Associates has developed a set of innovative concept designs that mitigate the performance limitations of a Strapdown seeker while maintaining all of its advantages. Areté design concepts fit into the following taxonomical structure: 1) Scanning Seekers, 2) Beam Splitting to Two Sensors, and 3) Focal Plane Arrays of Detectors. The design concepts are then evaluated against: Reliability, Detector Sensitivity (detection range), Weight, Cost, Size, FOR Coverage Rate, Compatibility with Proportional Navigation Guidance Algorithms, and extensions of the Total FOR and IFOV beyond minimum threshold. Initial downselection is made in the technical proposal. A 40º total Field of Regard and an Instantaneous Field of View of 8º is set as a minimum threshold requirement for any design concept. The SBIR Phase I program feasibility study will identify the design concept that maximizes performance within size and cost constraints and recommend a positive Phase II approach.

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