AI/ML Augmented Antenna Systems for Contested Electromagnetic Environments
ID: A244-040Type: BOTH
Overview

Topic

AI/ML Augmented Antenna Systems for Contested Electromagnetic Environments

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024
Timeline
  1. 1
    Release Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
  2. 2
    Open Oct 3, 2023 12:00 AM
  3. 3
    Next Submission Due Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM
  4. 4
    Close Mar 31, 2025 12:00 AM
Description

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "AI/ML Augmented Antenna Systems for Contested Electromagnetic Environments" as part of their SBIR 24.4 Annual solicitation. The objective of this topic is to demonstrate the utility of using artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML)-driven spatial and spectral techniques to improve the resilience of fire control and tactical squad communication systems in contested electromagnetic environments. The Army is specifically looking for novel advancements in antennas with spatial and spectral degrees of freedom combined with AI/ML techniques to support RF system agility and resilience at tactically relevant SWaP-C (Size, Weight and Power-Cost). The project will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase I: Conduct a proof-of-concept study to show feasibility of the technical approach to improve the resilience of RF subsystems. Metrics to be considered include communication and radar performance when AI/ML techniques are implemented in the antenna. Phase I performers will deliver a proposed system approach for detailed design and demonstration during Phase II.

  • Phase II: Develop a prototype digital antenna system that can demonstrate the advantages of the offeror's digital antenna technology in a laboratory environment. The system should show spatial and/or spectral interference mitigation in response to the electromagnetic environment. Phase II deliverables will include a comprehensive technical report and a commercialization/transition plan for Department of Defense (DoD) use.

  • Phase III: Complete the maturation of the technology developed in Phase II for transition into a fieldable Army mission capability. This phase will involve production of prototype systems to support further development and commercialization. The proposer will work with an Army prime or industry transition partner to fully develop, integrate, and test the design for integration onto the target transition system.

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals and their country of origin. The solicitation is currently open, and the application due date is March 31, 2025. For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the DOD SBIR website.

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