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Enhancement of Non-Kinetic Capabilities for Ballistic Missile Defense

Seal of the Agency: DOD

Funding Agency



Year: 2022

Topic Number: MDA22-T009

Solicitation Number: DoD STTR 22.B

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Phase I

Solicitation Status: Closed

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Release Schedule

  1. Release Date
    April 20, 2022

  2. Open Date
    May 18, 2022

  3. Due Date(s)
    June 15, 2022

  4. Close Date
    June 15, 2022


OUSD (R&E) MODERNIZATION PRIORITY: Space; Directed Energy TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Weapons; Sensors; Space Platforms The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. OBJECTIVE: This topic seeks innovative technologies to apply and defeat incoming ballistic missiles to provide the capability and capacity to outpace the threat. DESCRIPTION: Ballistic missile defense concepts and capabilities in all phases of the threat flight are desired. Of particular interest are non-kinetic solutions such as directed energy capabilities. The Government is interested in Directed Energy System concepts with weapon, sensor and fire control component technologies and Test and Evaluation. Directed Energy Component technologies desired include, but are not limited to, ion sources, radio frequency quadrupoles (RFQ), drift tube LINACS, Charge Couple Cavities, beam sensing and beam steering, magnetic optics, and neutralizers. Innovative solutions for neutral beam ion sources, radiofrequency quadrapole (RFQ), and other required linear accelerator components are desired. Innovative solutions for magnetic optics, beam steering and beam sensing, neutralizers, and detectors are also desired. Facilities for integration of these component technologies are desired. PHASE I: Develop and conduct proof-of-principle concept studies, simulations and/or demonstrations of neutral beam techniques, algorithms, component technologies and development of component technologies. PHASE II: Phase II will provide for integration and test of component technologies. Update/develop studies, algorithms and component technologies and techniques based on Phase I results and demonstrate technology in a laboratory environment. Demonstrate component technologies meet the component requirements to support integration into an effective concept. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III will provide transition to project or program for future system. Integrate components, techniques and algorithms into missile defense systems and demonstrate the improved overall updated capability. Pursue partnerships with DoD system integrators. Dual use applications include missile defense and high energy physics basic research. REFERENCES: Toole, Michael T and Willis, Jay C, “Paper Session 1-A – Neutral Particle Beam Overview” (1990), The Space Congress Proceedings, 16. Enabling Technologies for an Exo-atmospheric Neutral Particle Beam Sensor Weapon, SBA, April, 2018 O’Shea, PG, Butler TA, Lynch MT, McKenna KF, Pomgrantz MB, and Zaugg TJ. A linear Accelerator in Space- The Beam Experiment Aboard A Rocket, Proc. Of the Linear Accelerator Conference., Albuquerque, MN, 1990. KEYWORDS: Ion sources; radiofrequency quadrapole; drift tube LINAC; Charged Couple Cavities; magnetic optics; beam sensing; beam steering; neutralizer; detectors