Compact Off-board Passive Target-Discriminator
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-079
Topic Title: Compact Off-board Passive Target-Discriminator
Proposal No.: N131-079-0634
Firm: Analysis, Design & Diagnostics, Inc.
317 West Forsyth St.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202-4307
Contact: Gary Donoher
Phone: (904) 475-0094
Web Site:
Abstract: Our system concept is based on a number of ultra-low power "remote nodes" that contain: (1) a battery section; (2) a sensor section (3) and electronics section. The remote nodes will automatically detect and classify high value targets to type using AD&D's proven automated detection and classification technology. The remote node will also extract key kinematics such as bearing in azimuth and declination angle, bearing rate, etc. These key kinematics as well as target classification features will be passed via a covert communicate message to the "Master Node." The "Master Node" will correlate target contact information from all nodes and develop a tactical picture based on remote node contacts. By combining bearing and contact data from separate nodes which are holding the same contact, a geographic areas of probability (AOP) of target position will be calculated and passed via a covert communicate message to the remote operator or on scene assets such as patrol aircraft, surface ships, or submarines to facilitate a rapid response and reacquisition of the target for fine localization and prosecution.
Benefits: The Compact Off-board Passive Target-Discriminator will provide the United States Navy with an unprecedented ASW/remote monitoring capability. The ultra-low power Compact Off-board Passive Target Discriminator will serve as the foundation for a family of sensors which can be readily modified to support various mission types including marine mammal monitoring, the detection and classification of "go-fast" vessels used by the drug cartel or pirates as well as the monitoring of protected fisheries within the U.S exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This technology could be readily modified to support Universities, Research Institutions and the oil and gas industry. Commercialization of a modified product derived from this research and development will be marketed to universities, research institutions and the oil and gas industry. This technology could also be modified to support other government agencies such as the Coast Guard and Homeland Security who are responsible for protecting the homeland.