Optimized Higher Power Microwave Sources
Navy STTR 2019.A - Topic N19A-T001
MCSC - Mr. Jeffrey Kent - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2019 - Closes: February 6, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)
TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Weapons
ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Joint
Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
OBJECTIVE: Develop a compact,
highly efficient high-power microwave (HPM) L-band and S-band source with
hardened subsystems and tubes to enable the Radiofrequency- High-Power
Microwave (RF-HPM) system to produce sufficient directed energy to stop vehicle
and vessels engines.
DESCRIPTION: This STTR topic
is seeking to develop two sets of compact, robust/mobile, highly efficient
multiple or single frequency and waveform agile HPM source designs. One of
these HPM sources will operate in the L-Band frequency range (0.5 to 1.5 GHz),
and the other in the S-Band frequency range (2.0 to 4.0 GHz). Waveforms in
these two frequency bands, at sufficient Effective Radiated Power (ERP) at the
target, have proven to be effective counter-electronic HPM directed energy
weapons, which interfere with the electronics on-board vehicle and vessel
engines in such a way as to stall/stop these engines. Therefore, these HPM weapons
have military utility for RF Vehicle Stopping, RF Vessel Stopping, and
neutralization of other relevant targets where electronics are on board. The
final system design should be optimized for long range vehicle and/or vessel
engine stopping, with or without waveform agility (multiple frequencies). The
final system design should also be optimally driven and designed to produce
higher overall system output power that’s greater than conventional HPM sources
(> 30MW for L-Band and > 10 MW for S-band sources) in the same or smaller
overall form-factor (SWAP/C2) as conventional HPM sources. These final designs,
can also result in two separate optimized HPM systems (i.e., one in the L-Band
and one in the S-Band) or a single multi-frequency (short or long pulse), with
pulse repetition rate of 100 - 300 Hz. [Ref 2].
PHASE I: Develop a conceptual
design for an optimized set of HPM Vehicle and Vessel Stoppers that operate in
either the L or S-Bands or both and meet or exceed the design performance
specifications in the Description. Determine the technical feasibility of the
concept design and model key elements that can be developed into a useful
product for the Marine Corps through analytical modeling and simulation to
provide initial assessments of the concept performance. Provide a Phase II
development plan with performance goals and key technical milestones, and that
addresses technical risk reduction as well as military suitability issues, such
as overall system size, weight, power consumption, thermal cooling, and system
PHASE II: Develop a
full-scale vehicle and/or vessel stopper prototype that can be employed from a
conventional DoD small tactical vehicle such as Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
(JLTV or a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR). Evaluate the prototype
to determine its capability in meeting the performance goals defined in the
Phase II development plan. Demonstrate system performance through prototype
evaluation and modeling or analytical methods over the required range of
parameters mentioned in the Description, including numerous deployment cycles.
Use evaluation results to refine the prototype into an initial design that will
meet Marine Corps requirements. Prepare a Phase III development plan to
transition the technology to Marine Corps use.
PHASE III DUAL USE
APPLICATIONS: Support the Marine Corps in transitioning the technology for
Joint Service and Marine Corps use. Develop additional RF-HPM Vehicle and
Vessel Stopper prototype demonstrators, optimized for additional small tactical
DoD platforms to include other small military vehicles, vessels, and unmanned
systems. Evaluate and determine each design’s operational effectiveness and
added capabilities achieved in an operationally relevant environment. Support
the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD)/Marine Corps for test and
validation to certify and qualify the system for Joint Service to include
Marine Corps use.
1. “Joint Operating
Environment 2035.” DoD Joint Staff; dated 2016.
2. Current NSWC-Dahlgren
RF-HPM Vehicle Stopper Design Brief, 2017.
3. DoD Instruction 6055.11.
“Protecting Personnel from Electromagnetic Fields”. Change 1, 10/10/2017.
KEYWORDS: High Power
Microwaves; Radio Frequency; Directed Energy; Vehicle Stopping; Vessel
Stopping; Non-Lethal Weapons