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  • nano_fist nano_fist Mar 15, 2013 7:10 PM Flag

    Stealth

    First there were stealth air raft - no radar detection.

    Now there are stealth tanks and vehicles - no radar detection.

    Title: Printed Wideband Metamaterial Antennas for Ballistic Panels

    Fiscal Year: 2010
    Agency/Branch: DOD/NAVY
    Contract: N00014-10-M-0325
    Award Amount: $69,998.00

    Abstract:
    The U.S. Navy has initiated a program to develop the next-generation Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) 3.3 system to detect and jam enemy improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The objective of this proposed effort is to develop the manufacturing processes and antenna designs needed to integrate a wideband metamaterial antenna within the ballistic panel composite materials of Navy platforms, such as ship superstructure or Marine Corps vehicles, through analysis, modeling, testing, and prototyping. Our approach will be to build a metamaterial antenna directly into the ballistic panel composite material, resulting in an efficient, low-profile antenna structure that will not compromise the ballistic resistance of the panel. The proposed team combines antenna design and characterization expertise at the University of Tennessee and Villanova University with the composite material and printed electronics expertise at Applied Nanotech, Inc, and Armortex (ballistic panel manufacturer).

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    • ctruman@rocketmail.com ctruman Mar 16, 2013 10:16 AM Flag

      OK, my impression is that in 2010, ANI got $70k to do phase I of this project, which usually entails building a single prototype in the lab for proof of concept. Obviously, this was successful, and they received the money for phase II, $1.29 million. This phase will probably be for building multiple panels and installing them onto vehicles for more testing, as they mentioned Armortex, who is a manufacturer.

      Sounds good, but little seems to come from these projects (like revenues). But the U.S. gov't is the best possible customer, and if they have a manufacturer already lined up, it could end up paying off (in a couple of years).

      Thanks for posting this information, because without it, I would have no idea this project even existed.
      Makes me wonder what else they are doing behind the scenes for the military.

 
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