Multifunction-Multimodal Airborne Radar in Maritime/Littoral Environments
Navy SBIR 2018.2 - Topic N182-120
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - email@example.com
Opens: May 22, 2018 - Closes: June 20, 2018 (8:00 PM ET)
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: PMA-290
Maritime Surveillance Aircraft
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OBJECTIVE: Design and develop
a new multifunction-multimodal airborne radar architecture for the
maritime/littoral surveillance mission.
DESCRIPTION: Advances in solid
state transmitter technologies, multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) radar
techniques, wideband digital radio frequency (RF), digital arbitrary waveform
generators (DAWGs), and high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) have
afforded an opportunity to broaden the scope of traditional radar functions and
modes. From a hardware and HPEC perspective, it is now possible, theoretically,
to perform a multitude of new and enhanced functions and modes including
communications, electronic intelligence/signals intelligence (ELINT/SIGINT),
electronic support measures (ESM), electronic attack (EA) and electronic
PHASE I: Develop a concept
for a basic multifunction/multimodal airborne radar architecture for
maritime/littoral surveillance. Develop key specific new modes and functions as
described above that are consistent with the surveillance mission of the
AN/APY-10 radar. Include a baseline set of quantitative implementation
requirements that will form the basis for further development in Phase II.
Develop a Phase II plan.
PHASE II: Produce a prototype
architecture. Further develop, demonstrate, and validate the new
multifunction/multimodal architecture for maritime/littoral surveillance
consistent with the AN/APY-10 radar. Specifications for a radar system
consistent with the AN/APY-10 will be provided, if needed, to the Phase II
awardee. Analyze performance validation using both simulated and measured data sets.
Prepare a Phase III development plan to transition the technology for Navy and
potential commercial use.
PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS:
The new multifunction/multimodal radar architecture will be integrated and
tested within existing and developed integration labs. Flight testing will
occur on a representative aircraft. Transition developed technology to
appropriate platforms and commercial entities. MIMO and multifunction RF
architectures could be utilized for commercial RF applications to efficiently
utilize single apertures. Commercial communication industries such as cellular
telephone, land mobile, and SATCOM would benefit from this development.
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KEYWORDS: MIMO; Radar;
Sensing; Multifunction; Multimodal; Apertures