Army Seeks Small Businesses Innovation for Aviation Systems

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Source: U.S. Army SBIR
Source: U.S. Army SBIR

July 27, 2021 | Originally published by Army SBIR on July 13, 2021

The U.S. Army is looking for the most innovative solutions from small businesses in wind measurement systems, which have the potential to change the future of Army aviation weapon systems.

The Army Applied Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program released a Direct to Phase II contract opportunity for U.S.-based small businesses to provide high-tech solutions for “Holistic Wind Correction for Aviation Targeting,” an urgent Army priority. This Direct to Phase II award is up to $1.7M and 18 months in duration and available to small businesses that have completed the proof-of-concept stage—meaning they can skip Phase I and start Phase II with Army SBIR funding.

“The Army’s top aviation modernization need is to provide an effective, mature, and affordable fire control solution capability for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, weapon system,” said COL Matthew Isaacson from the Army’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team. “An effective and accurate system ensures lethality and survivability when conducting air missions against peer and near-peer adversaries; the combination of innovation and technology maturity is best informed by including all of industry, including innovative small businesses.”

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