Shipboard "Non-Emitting" Target Imaging and Identification System
Navy SBIR 2016.3 - Topic N163-139
SPAWAR - Mr. Shadi Azoum - [email protected]
Opens: September 26, 2016 - Closes: October 26, 2016
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMW 120
Information Operations / Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Programs of
The technology within this
topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR),
22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related
material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the
Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls
dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals
(FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed,
and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s)
in accordance with section 5.4.c.(8) of the solicitation. Offerors are advised
foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the
technical data under US Export Control Laws.
OBJECTIVE: Develop a compact
system capable of identifying non-RF emitting targets at long range in both
day/night operations from a ship-based platform. Ranges of interest are
>150NM for airborne targets and >25NM for targets operating at or near
the ocean surface. Desired target resolution should be approximately 10cm to
support target identification.
DESCRIPTION: Maritime non-RF
emitting targets are notoriously difficult to identify with sufficient resolution
to allow for identification, even in clear weather conditions. While many
commercial Electro-Optical / Infra-Red (EO/IR) devices are available, none
readily address military requirements for ‘positive identification’ of small
watercraft, Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAV), and the proliferating variety of
small form factor autonomous systems. Small boats are particularly problematic
due to the necessity to differentiate and identify civilian craft (“White
Shipping”) from military, state sponsored Intelligence, Surveillance,
Reconnaissance (ISR) craft, terrorist, criminal and other waterborne threats
and vessels of interest. In addition, gliding missiles that do not emit a
thrust signature are of grave concern.
PHASE I: Perform design
analysis to identify non-RF emitting ‘dark targets’ at the resolutions and
ranges specified above. The effort will address how the recommended system will
mitigate degrading effects inherent to the system chosen. The Phase I
deliverables include a preliminary design recommendation and a final report.
PHASE II: Fabricate a
demonstration prototype of the Phase I recommended system. The products of
Phase II should include the tested prototype hardware system (including the
software), where testing will involve the prototype image / identification of
both cooperative and non-cooperative targets in a Navy furnished facility using
Navy furnished data where required. The selected vendor will also provide a
prototype test report and a final report.
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Develop a plan to: 1.) fabricate a single technology demonstrator
unit, 2.) create a multi-unit (> 100) manufacturing process and, 3.) develop
a marketing plan for the production ready system. Carry out the necessary engineering,
system integration, packaging, and testing to field a robust, reliable system.
Assist transition of technology to industry for marketing to defense
community. Private Sector Commercial Potential: The private sector potential
could be significant and, as was true for Global Positioning System (GPS),
difficult to fully bound or quantify. The ability to resolve objects at
distance in small form factors has potential applications in multiple domain
areas: e.g., law enforcement, environmental / zoological science, entertainment
industry, recreation use, etc.
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KEYWORDS: Dark targets;
Passive targets; Non-RF emitting targets; Target imaging and identification;
High resolution imaging and identification; RADAR systems; Advanced optical
systems; EM Emission / Absorption spectroscopy and image identification.