Low-cost, Expendable Surface Ship Threat Countermeasure
Navy SBIR 2020.1 - Topic N201-034
NAVSEA - Mr. Dean Putnam - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 14, 2020 - Closes: February 12, 2020 (8:00 PM ET)
PROGRAM: PMS 415, Undersea Defensive Warfare Systems Program Office.
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Design and develop a combined, compact, multi-function, lightweight,
expendable, low-cost surface ship countermeasure capable of countering
ever-increasing adversarial threats.
All key U.S. Navy surface combatants require expendable countermeasure
protection from adversarial torpedoes. The current Program of Record (PoR) uses
submarine variant countermeasures for surface ship deployment, of which the
submarine devices are overdesigned for surface ship requirements (i.e.,
temperature, shock, hydrostatic pressure). The Navy desires to tap into
existing innovative form-factor reconfiguration and/or miniaturization
capabilities and develop a lower-cost surface ship countermeasure that meets
the surface ship environmental requirements while maintaining the notional
acoustic and functional requirements of the current acoustic device
countermeasure (ADC) Mk 2 Mod 6. Key surface ship environmental requirements
that the device must withstand include, in general, resiliency to temperature
shock, shipboard-launched water impact, and hydrostatic pressure up to 250 feet
depth. Further testing details are listed below. It is expected this redesign
of the existing submarine countermeasure adopted for surface ship use will
reduce unit item cost while reducing overall lifecycle costs compared to the
existing PoR. As a goal, a 20% to 25% reduction in unit cost, and a similar
life-cycle cost reduction, is desired to facilitate installation aboard a wider
range of surface platforms. As an added benefit to the warfighter, the devices
ultimately resulting from a successful SBIR effort will not only provide the
same mission capability and performance, but also have the potential of
providing an innovative sailor-friendly form-factor.
Develop a concept for an end-to-end design of a redesigned ADC Mk 2 Mod 6 that
meets the operational requirements of the current device, but only meets the
environmental requirements for over-the-side shipboard launch, of which are
noted in the description. Include, in the design, details of the modularized
reconfiguration of the existing acoustic projector, electronics, and thermal
lithium power supply, which notionally can be provided as Government Furnished
Information (GFI). Establish the feasibility of the design through modeling and
simulation pitted against known environmental requirements enabling surface
ship launch capability. The Phase I Option, if exercised, will include the
initial design specifications and capabilities description to build a prototype
solution in Phase II.
Develop and build three to five prototype devices for testing and evaluation.
Further refine the prototype systems that can be transitioned to the Navy. Conduct
evaluation and testing of the prototypes based on the environmental
requirements for over-the-side shipboard launch, including but not limited to,
temperature shock (-54°C in air to 2°C in water, and +71°C in air to 15°C in
water), lightweight impact shock testing, and hydrostatic testing to 250 feet
depth, as well as the performer’s low-level subassembly performance tests.
Further details of the testing requirements are noted in the Description.
Include acoustic evaluation, which will take place both before and after
environmental stress testing at facilities maintained by the Naval Undersea
Warfare Center Division Newport. Ensure final delivery of three (3) to five (5)
prototypes. Perform initial testing with assistance and test facilities
provided by the Navy. Assist the Navy with follow-on testing.
DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Support the Navy in transitioning the technology for
Navy use in the form of follow-on Low-rate initial production (LRIP) units
using any lessons learned from the Phase II prototyping and testing efforts.
Provide engineering support for full environmental testing, which will expand
on the testing that was performed within Phase II. The primary applicable
NAVSEA program office is PMS 415, which resides within PEO SUBS. Some
alternative Naval applications include active sonobuoys, training targets, and
alternative acoustic sound sources. . Perform testing that includes
long-duration storage temperature thermal cycling between -54°C and +71°C,
lightweight shock testing in accordance with MIL-C-901D, vibration testing
(shipboard and transportation in accordance with MIL-STD-810, Section 528.1),
and all associated acoustic evaluation testing (source level, duration, and
frequency content), both before and after environmental stress testing. (Note:
There is potential for some of this extended testing to occur in Phase II if
the Phase II prototype design is a mature representation of a potential
low-rate initial production design.) Launch at least five LRIP units from a
U.S. Navy surface ship to assist in the full circle environmental evaluation of
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Surface Ship Torpedo Defense; Acoustic Countermeasure; Soft-kill Torpedo
Countermeasure; Anti-submarine Warfare; Lightweight Shock Testing;
Environmental Qualification Testing