Anti-Mortar, Anti-Rockets, Anti-Missile Technologies
Navy SBIR FY2004.2 - Quick Response Topics

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2004.2
Topic No.: N04-903
Topic Title: Anti-Mortar, Anti-Rockets, Anti-Missile Technologies
Proposal No.: N042-903-0507
Firm: General Sciences, Incorporated
205 Schoolhouse Road
Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964-2416
Contact: Anthony Rozanski
Phone: (215) 723-8588
Web Site:
Abstract: With the growing number of hit and run attacks mounted against U.S. interests by individuals using mortars and rockets, and with the growing threat of missile attack on aircraft, both civilian and military, a fast response lethal defense system is required to identify, engage and destroy mortars, rockets and missiles while in flight. General Sciences, Inc. proposes to develop and demonstrate a new payload compatible with the Full Spectrum Active Protection Close-In Layered Shield system, also know as FCLAS, and a specific version of the FCLAS system known as the XM8 Programmable Grenade Launcher (PGL), developed by Archangel Defense Systems, Inc., Washington, D.C., and Chang Industries, California for TARDEC, the Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, a division of TACOM, located in Detroit Arsenal, Warren, MI. The FCLAS XM8 PGL can be fielded to existing tactical vehicles, is flexible in use, and has millisecond response times. The new payload will consist of discrete projectiles fabricated from reactive materials, designed to give orders of magnitude higher lethality compared to inert steel, given a hit on target. By using a high explosive initiation, a pressure field will be generated in the path of the incoming threat, along with many reactive projectiles. The pressure field will serve to slow the threat figure and allow the reactive projectiles to impact, initiate and reactively destroy the threat figure through a thermobaric event, an event which can enhance temperature/pressure impulses and cause higher levels of target damage. The reaction will produce high temperatures and localized pressure fields, causing the rupture and destruction of the incoming threat.
Benefits: The U.S. military will benefit from possession of a new defense system capable of identifying, engaging and defeating an incoming threat within a short period of time. This will result in safer supply lines and higher troop effectiveness.