Affordable AESA for Multi-function Seeker
ID: AF242-D008Type: BOTH
Overview

Topic

Affordable AESA for Multi-function Seeker

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Apr 17, 2024 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open May 15, 2024 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Jun 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for an affordable AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) for a multi-function seeker. The objective of this effort is to enhance the manufacturability and reduce the unit cost of scalable AESA front-end RF electronics apertures for SWAP (Size, Weight, and Power)-constrained munitions platforms and other small unmanned airborne platforms. The technology is restricted under ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) and EAR (Export Administration Regulation) due to its defense-related nature. The proposer should have significant previous design, engineering, and development experience with AESA front-end apertures. The effort will involve developing and maturing an affordable, scalable AESA front-end for SWaP-constrained munitions platforms, addressing improvements in manufacturability, reliability, testability, producibility, and maintainability. The ultimate end-product will be a functional prototype AESA front-end that has been tested and demonstrated in a realistic laboratory environment. The project will have a Phase II, where the awardee(s) will develop, refine, and prototype a high-performance, wideband AESA and front-end electronics solution. The targeted unit volume production cost is $15,000. Phase III will focus on productization of the system developed during Phase II. The solicitation is open until June 12, 2024. For more information, visit the solicitation link.

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