small Unmanned Arial Systems (sUAS) Advanced Technique Development

S²MARTS Project No. 21-14

This opportunity has moved to under evaluation as of Friday, September 3, 2021, at 12:00 pm ET.

The Department of the Navy (DoN) is seeking support in the area of sUAS Advanced Technique Development.

The Department of Defense (DoD) desires to develop advance Electronic Warfare (EW) countermeasures that can be implemented within a Software Define Radio (SDR) to defend against sUAS threats. Over the past years these devices have evolved tremendously due to the introduction of low-cost and highly capable flight control systems that utilize machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, autonomous flight and robust command and control (C2) links. During 2016, various groups ranging from common criminals to adversaries of the United States acknowledged the extreme capabilities that these sUAS possess and devised ways to utilize them for nefarious purposes. This included delivering contraband within prisons to delivering explosive devices over US and Foreign Military personnel and infrastructures. This introduced the necessity for countermeasures to combat this new and quickly growing threat.

Currently, techniques are still being quickly developed and implemented within the system. The DoD has determined that the need for additional developers is necessary to keep pace with the advancements of sUAS technology. Enhancements to these sUAS are ever-growing giving our adversaries more capabilities to successfully perform ill-intent missions. The ability to rapidly develop effective and efficient techniques is critical to the success of our mission.

Successful completion will be determined from an in-person brief and demonstration utilizing a commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware (i.e. Ettus) to show the effectiveness of the developed technique(s) on a sUAS.