|AFRL-Rome Awards $22.9 Million Contract for Targeting Research |
AFRL-Rome Awards $22.9 Million Contract for Targeting Research
Rome New York -- (AFPN) January 7, 2002 -- The Air Force Research Laboratory information directorate awarded a one-year $22. 9 million contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., to develop technologies for long range precision engagement of moving surface threats.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is serving as agent for the program, designed to investigate and develop technologies to affordably engage moving surface targets such as tanks, tactical ballistic missile transporters and small boats.
"(The) research will develop a new capability for the military services to strike moving surface threats with precision from long ranges and in all weather conditions," said Jon S. Jones, program manager in the directorate's information and intelligence exploitation division. "The program is primarily focusing on ground moving target indication radar, a sensor that can detect moving surface vehicles from long distances."
Moving ground targets pose a significant challenge to current weapon systems because of the dynamics involved. Idle vehicles can accelerate to speeds of 60 mph in less than 10 seconds -- and stop in shorter periods of time, officials said.
While typical military vehicles do not tend to accelerate or stop that fast, they still pose a significant challenge maintaining accurate tracks. Vehicles also tend to mix with other vehicles, travel within groups or convoys, start and stop often, and use terrain to block their detection.
"DARPA will use technology in development over the next several years to enhance the capability of the military to strike these moving ground targets with precision accuracy," Jones said.