Field Programmability System (FPS) Modernization for Mark 39 Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT)
Navy SBIR FY2018.1


Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-074
Topic Title: Field Programmability System (FPS) Modernization for Mark 39 Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT)
Proposal No.: N181-074-0297
Firm: Ocean Acoustical Services and Instrumentation Syst
5 Militia Drive
Suite 104
Lexington, Massachusetts 2421
Contact: Chris Emerson
Phone: (781) 862-8339
Web Site: http://www.oasislex.com
Abstract: The Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT) is a vital tool in the Navyƒ?Ts ASW toolkit. Currently, the EMATT is programmed via the Field Programmability System (FPS), composed of the Run Geometry Application (RGA) and the Portable Target Programmer (PTP). However, The PTP is expensive, frequently unreliable, slow in downloading and limited in battery capacity. Recent advances in battery chemistry and data transfer technology open several avenues for potential improvement. In response to SBIR solicitation N181-074, OASIS has formed a team with Lockheed-Martin. Here, we propose to apply our extensive experience in EMATT operations to upgrading the FPS, focusing on eliminating the weakest link, the PTP. To accomplish this, OASIS intends to enable wireless communications between RGA and EMATT. This requires alternative power sources, including batteries with greater capacity and shorter recharge times and an AC/DC power supply, eliminating the need for battery power when appropriate. The Phase I Base will culminate in a proof-of-concept demonstration using existing RGA software hosted on a laptop to wirelessly program an EMATT on battery and AC power. The Phase I option will then define the path forward, toward a prototype FPS upgrade to be produced in Phase II.
Benefits: Successful development of an improved Field Programmability System (FPS) will provide Navy personnel with an enhanced ability to program and deploy the Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Training Target (EMATT) vehicle. The EMATT is a valuable tool in the Navyƒ?Ts ASW toolkit in that it enables low-cost, realistic ASW training opportunities in virtually any environment in which the Navy is currently active. Potential commercial opportunities are significant in that, once adopted by the Navy, a significant production run of improved FPS will be needed to replace existing units, and they will subsequently need to be maintained and periodically upgraded, throughout the U.S. fleet and potentially, other allied Navies worldwide.

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