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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NAVMAR ASC an SBIR Success Story with Tigershark UAV and Payload Sensors

SBIR Success Story

Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation: Overview | LinkedIn
Navmar’s LADAR and Probe Sensor SBIR Research
Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. external link in Warminster, PA is not the only external link firm to win “Laser Radar” related contracts, nor are they the only firm to invest external link in LADAR for various uses. But they have received a series of contracts dating back from 2000, and collectively worth over $240 million, in order to develop the technology into deployed systems.
Navmar’s contracts have been issued under the auspices of the US Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research external link program, under SBIR Solicitation Topics N92-170 (Laser Detection and Ranging Identification Demonstration) and N94-178 (Air Deployable Expendable Multi-parameter Environmental Probe).
Navy Search Database - Summary Report
Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (Navmar) has developed technology highly desirable and directly applicable to the Navy Warfighter’s need for portable surveillance and remote target identification systems. Phase III of SBIR Topic N92-170 (Laser Radar Identification Demonstration) addressed a total integrated system approach including the modification of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft with Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and enhanced communications packages using technologies developed under Phases I and II. The Navy mission requirement for low cost/expendable standoff surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting was addressed through the development of medium and long endurance UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) systems with reconfigurable payloads. Navmar is positioned to utilize the directly applicable SBIR results to develop medium and long endurance UAV systems capable of housing and/or delivering flexibly configured payloads. Navmar has the capability to produce UAV prototypes to deploy Maritime LADAR on UAVs.

Navmar’s successful performance on SBIR Phase III (Topic N92-170) revealed that the Electro-Optic surveillance aspect of the LADAR system, which provides for hands-off, queuing, and targeting for the LADAR, can solve other Navy needs for surveillance. The technology developed under the SBIR addressed 3 to 5 micron infrared Focal Plane Array (FPA) versus the standard 8 to 12 micron focal planes in use. This led to higher resolution imagery and more sensitive detection capabilities. Navmar’s goal is to successfully apply this technology to the Navy’s need for portable surveillance systems and the need for high resolution imagery with portability being a key factor. The application of Maritime LADAR on UAVs is an outgrowth of the ability to see through cover and create 3D imagery.

Tigershark UAV
NAVMAR Team

NAVMAR RQ-23 Tigershark UAV
Navmar to upgrade TigerShark medium-endurance UAV with new sensors and airframe enhancements - Military & Aerospace Electronics
JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 18 Feb. 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. in Warminster, Pa., will upgrade their TigerShark medium-sized UAV with electro-optical sensor payload and airframe improvements under terms of a $44.7 million U.S. Navy contract announced late last week.


Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-Lakehurst at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., are awarding Navmar at phase-3 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract for TigerShark improvements.
The Navmar TigerShark UAV for reconnaissance and surveillance missions has a wingspan of 22 feet, weighs 260 pounds, has a payload capacity of 50 pounds, and a flight duration of 10 hours
NASC (Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation) Announces Availability of Commercial Version of Tigershark Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) |
WARMINSTER, PA, July 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- NASC announced the availability of the TigerShark XP, a commercial version of their RQ-23 TigerShark RPA, which has performed highly successful Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions for the US military in numerous theaters of operation.

The TigerShark XP is a group three category RPA that leverages the demonstrated reliability and proven operational performance of the TigerShark RQ-23 with emphasis on system upgrades including improved flight performance, SATCOM and multi-sensor compatibility. "TigerShark XP will meet the ISR mission requirements of a broad domestic and global customer base for missions such as peacekeeping, border patrol and littoral water monitoring and numerous commercial applications. TigerShark XP provides system solutions with performance that rivals larger and costlier RPA's on the market today," said Thomas Fenerty, president of NASC. 

U.S. Navy "Tiger Shark" UAVs will enhance the ability to detect explosives - News News
BEIJING, Feb. 20, according to China National Defense Science and Technology Information Network reported that the Naval Air Systems Command awarded the company a $ 44.7 million contract to expand and enhance the RQ-23A 'Tiger Shark' UAV capability. Navmar company will upgrade the equipment in the RQ-23A Ku-band 'Copperhead' synthetic aperture radar system performance and improve the integration of command and control systems. 'Copperhead' radar by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO and Sandia National Laboratory designed to detect improvised explosive devices (IED.
spendergast: Sandia Copperhead Mini-SAR IED Detector proven in JIEDDO tests to Army

Recent Contract Awards

 Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, September 29, 2014

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $12,296,784 for delivery order 0015 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N68335-10-G-0026) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topics 
  • N92-170: Laser Radar Laser Detection and Ranging Identification Demonstration;
  • N94-178: Air-Deployable Expendable Multi-Parameter Environmental Probe; and 
  • AF083-006: Low Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). 
Efforts include the assessment, procurement, and deployment of intelligence, surveillance, and
reconnaissance systems, communication systems, unmanned systems, noise reduction technology, improved aircraft aerodynamics to include increased lift and decreased drag, unmanned air vehicle weatherization, improved endurance, support of at sea Navy operations and related support hardware. Work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona (30 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (20 percent); Afghanistan (20 percent); China Lake, California (15 percent); and Point Mugu, California (15 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $253,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division,
Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.


NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $8,597,356 for delivery order 0001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N68335-14-G-0040) for work associated with a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research effort under topics \
  • N08-023: Precision High Altitude Sonobuoy Emplacement;
  • N94-178: Air-Deployable Expendable Multi-Parameter Environmental Probe; and 
  • AF083-006: Low Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. 
 Efforts are associated with the advancements in command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies to enhance communication techniques between the sensors and/or platforms and interfaces; analyze the fusion and exploitation of multi-source sensor data; and develop any other technique to advance capabilities. This work will be performed in Yuma, Arizona (30 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (30 percent); Warminster, Pennsylvania (20 percent); and Washington, District of Columbia (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) and research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Defense-wide) funds in the amount of $828,899 will be obligated at the time of award, $766,139 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. 
NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $8,180,100 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0002 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N68335-11-G-0040) for work associated with a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research effort under Topics
  • N08-023 Precision High Altitude Sonobuoy Emplacement,
  • N92-170 LADAR Identification Demonstration, and
  • AF083-006 Low-Cost Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. 
This order provides for the development, test, and evaluation of advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensors, as well as enhanced surveillance capabilities to the deployed warfighter that can be integrated into existing naval platforms to support U.S. Special Operations Command activities. Work will be performed in Lexington Park, Maryland (50 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (20 percent); Avon Park, Florida (10 percent); Yuma, Arizona (10 percent); Warminster, Pennsylvania (5 percent); and Ponca City, Oklahoma (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2016. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation, and fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Defense Wide) funds in the amount of $85,996, will be obligated at time of award, $14,409 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. 

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