Influence Sweeping of Pressure Mines
Navy STTR FY2007 - Topic N07-T030
Opens: February 20, 2007 - Closes: March 21, 20076:00am EST
N07-T030 TITLE: Influence Sweeping of Pressure Mines
TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Ground/Sea Vehicles, Battlespace
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Unmanned Surface Vehicle Minesweeping PMS 495
The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this effort is to identify and develop a practical technology, system and employment technique for unmanned sweeping of pressure mines in ports, harbors, shipping lanes and coastal approaches.
Gap in Capabilities: Sweeping Pressure Mines.
Fulfilling the Requirement:
PHASE I: Provide an initial development effort that demonstrates an understanding of the problem, scientific merit and potential capabilities of a practical, deployable unmanned minesweeping system for pressure influenced naval mines.
PHASE II: Develop a practical, prototype system for demonstration, and demonstrate performance effectiveness on instrumented/exercise pressure influenced mines in typical environments. Phase II may require access to classified information.
PHASE III: Transition the technology to the ONR Mine Countermeasures Future Naval Capability program for further development and demonstration, or if maturity warrants, to the Naval Sea Systems Command program of record in minesweeping.
PRIVATE SECTOR COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL/DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Under the US Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan, the US Navy is charged with clearing naval mines in US ports. Given this responsibility lies entirely within the operational military, the developed product is not expected to have a direct application or benefit to industry, other than the obvious impact to US commerce caused by naval mining of a US port, harbor or coastal shipping lane. It it expected that expeditious mine clearing would be enhanced by the availability of minesweeping gear within or in close proximity to all US ports where disruption of commerce would cause significant economic or strategic impact to the US.
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KEYWORDS: Pressure Mines; Minesweeping; Naval Mines; Influence Minesweeping;Ship Vulnerability;Mine Countermeasures