DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.


Multisystem Mobile Corrosion Unit


Department of DefenseN/A


Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024


The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a research topic titled "Multisystem Mobile Corrosion Unit" as part of their SBIR program. The objective of this topic is to develop a deployable solution for the Army's major corrosion issue, allowing for repairs in austere environments while in the field. The solution should include capabilities such as laser ablation, corrosion preventative coating application, cold spray, plasma blast, welding, and more. The project will consist of two phases, with Phase I accepting proposals for up to $250,000 for a 6-month period to develop a proof-of-concept prototype. Phase II will involve developing a deployment-ready multisystem corrosion unit. The technology has potential applications in industries such as automotive, aircraft, construction, agriculture, and power and energy. The project duration is not specified, and interested parties can find more information and submit proposals on the DOD SBIR website.


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Advanced Materials; Advanced Infrastructure & Advanced Manufacturing


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this topic is to create a deployable solution for the Army's major corrosion issue, to be able to repair in austere environments while out in the field.


DESCRIPTION: The Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) has requirements to deploy a mobile corrosion unit that has the following capabilities: laser ablation, corrosion preventative coating application (primer, polyurea, topcoat), cold spray (dragonfly), plasma blast, welding, sander/blaster, and all supporting equipment/power requirements.  Deliverables must include a reliable supply chain for the maintenance and replacement of parts through normal wear and tear as well as an operator training plan. Any solution must include the integrated technologies as part of a deployable, ruggedized system that is able to operate in an austere environment.


PHASE I: This topic is accepting only Phase I proposals for the cost of up to $250,000 for up to a 6-month period of performance. 


Develop a proof-of-concept for a multisystem corrosion unit prototype. In this phase, proposals shall demonstrate how required capabilities will be integrated, powered and maintained. Proposals should include all specifications that would constrain operations (such as weight, operating temperature, electromagnetic interference and decibel output, power requirements, run-time etc.). Proposals must include a detailed procurement plan along with supply chain risk analysis (identify sole source or proprietary technologies, identify the nationality of the manufactured down parts, identify years to end of life for any of the selected technologies). Proposals should include a testing plan for the prototype along with identified events for customer input and approvals.


PHASE II: Develop a multisystem corrosion unit to a deployment ready state. Solutions shall consist of

laser ablation, corrosion preventative coating capabilities (primer, polyurea, topcoat), cold spray, a

welder, sander/blaster and all supporting equipment/power requirements that are deployable and self-sustaining in any environment to repair corrosion and mitigate future issues on Warfighter equipment.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in government spending on infrastructure development across various economies. Governments are investing large sums of money in the development of different sectors, such as roads, bridges, railways, telecom, and power sectors, among others. This has resulted in a high demand for heavy machinery and equipment.  


High dual use applicable industries and applications​


Automotive and aircraft (welding repair services) ​


Construction (general-purpose machinery and equipment, heavy machinery and equipment, commercial and service-industry machinery and equipment) ​


Agriculture (Farming, heavy equipment for feedstuff, and transportation) ​


Power and Energy (Hydraulic equipment)




KEYWORDS: Multisystem Corrosion Unit; Mobile; Repair; Maintenance