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Military Applications in Reconnaissance and Surveillance (MARS) using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for Toxic Industrial Chemical Sensing Success of current and future military operations is conditioned upon rapidly detecting threats, assessing them, and acting decisively to negate the threats in order to achieve operational objectives with minimal risk. As demonstrated in the last three maj or U.S. overseas military combat operations, potential adversary threats involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have impacted the application of U.S. military force. During Operation Allied Force (OAF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operatio n Iraqi Freedom (OIF), U.S. forces were concerned about encountering a variety of adversary threats, including those from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) warfare agents. For OAF, USEUCOM specifically addressed the potential for Serbian use of chemical warfare agents and accidental release of warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) during counterforce operations. For OEF, USCENTCOM responded to a wide variety of Taliban threats, including those chemical and biological in nat ure. During OIF, intelligence reports on Iraqi NBC threats required U.S. forces to expend significant resources to reduce the risk of these threats. Overall, improvement in U.S. forces CBRN sensing capabilities would increase an operational commanders a bility to quickly detect and assess these threats thereby improving operational effectiveness. In recent combat operations, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been demonstrated as critical assets on the battlefield to not only reduce the risk of endangering soldiers, but also to increase the efficiency of surveillance and reconnaissance. While the U.S has introduced UAVs with mission specific payload packages to conduct a variety of military operations, to this point, no CBRN specific UAV-based sensor packages have been operationally employed. DTRA is confident that there are mature technologies av ailable to fulfill portions of the aerial CBRN sensing mission. Therefore, to complement unmanned ground-based CBRN system evaluations the MARS UAV project has been stood up to incorporate views of the Joint Requirements Office (JRO), the Joint Procuremen t Executive Office (JPEO), and the Joint Science and Technology Office (JSTO). In addition to the development of CONOPS and standardized test protocol, the MARS M/UAV project is chartered with leveraging existing, mature technology to provide a framework for integration of capable sensors into existing airframes so that the warfighters will have the aerial based tools they require. A logical first step to deal with these threats is to focus on the incorporation of TIC sensors in a UAV. TICs of concern are from the NATO International Task Force 25 (ITF-25) list, and are expected to be at significant concentrations, typically from a p oint source. However, follow on efforts will likely work to address CBRN sensing, and such capabilities (or potential for) are considered favorable towards sensor selection. The UAV platform is currently unspecified. However, design constraints are listed in the following table: Dimensions: Threshold 10inches(L) X 6inches(W) X 7inches(H), Objective 9inches(L) X 5inches(W) X 6inches(H) Weight: Threshold less than 10 lbs Objective less than 7 lbs Power Threshold 60 W at 28 VDC Objective 30 W at 28 VDC Data Interface Required, but unspecified There are no other restrictions besides those listed in this document and subsequent informational releases. Sensors may be point or standoff. The desire is to assess and select sensors at the JPEOs Technology Readiness Level of 5 or greater. However, vendors are encouraged to present technologies that may currently be below this TRL, but show near term promise for these applications. The Edgewood Chemical Biological Centers Battlefield Management Team has put together a T echnology Screening Integrated Process Team to evaluate vendor proposals to fill these defined mission needs and specifications. Contact Stephen Skolnik Contract Specialist Phone: (410) 436-3955 Email: stephen.skolnik@us.army.mil Submissions will be accepted from 12 January through 28 February, 2006.
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Address: RDECOM Acquisition Center - Edgewood ATTN: AMSSB-ACC-E, 5183 Blackhawk Road Aberdeen Proving Ground MD
Zip Code: 21010-5424
Country: US
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