US Army awards contracts for development of prototypes

6 November 2020 (Last Updated November 6th, 2020 11:46)

The US Army has awarded contracts for the development of technologies that will help to tackle the challenges faced by the military.

US Army awards contracts for development of prototypes
Army awards contracts to continue developing technologies which address the need to command and control forces distributed across vast terrain. Credit: Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur.

The US Army has awarded contracts for the development of technologies that will help to tackle the challenges faced by the military.

The contracts were awarded to nine small businesses and non-profit research institution partners.

Each team is being awarded up to $1.1m under the Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).

They will spend around six to 18 months developing a demonstration prototype.

Army Research Office division chief for technology and integration Michael Caccuitto said: “These accelerated Phase II prototyping efforts are the next step in a pilot programme using the STTR programme to rapidly identify and address warfighter technology gaps.

“Working hand-in-glove with our operational partners from the beginning, we will be in a position to maximise the potential for one or more of these efforts, if successful, to transition for continued development and rapid acquisition.”

The STTR programme focusses on the feasibility studies for the demonstration of the prototype for the applications.

The programme, which has three phases, outlines collaboration between the small businesses and a research institution such as a university or non-profit research institution.

Seven categories of network operations are covered under the selected projects, which includes interference and jamming of high-frequency radios, position navigation without GPS and phased-array antennas for extremely high-frequency satellite communications.

Also included are the millimetre waveforms for tactical networking, edge sensor processing, adaptable tactical communications (advanced Soldier radios) and standoff electronic denial (disrupting, disabling or destroying the electronics on a remote target).

After the completion of Phase II, the teams are expected to receive funding for the further development of the products in Phase III.

The STTR programme provides investment for army modernisation priorities through the nine DEVCOM and army science and technology facilities.