Nokomis, Inc. Receives Air Force SBIR Phase II CPP Contract Enhancement

February 17, 2011

Nokomis, Inc. has been selected for and awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Air Force Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) contract enhancement. The contract enhancement, entitled “Hiawatha Sensor System for Battle Damage Assessment of Directed Energy Weapons,” is supported and jointly managed by the Directed Energy and Sensors Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).


This program seeks to enhance Air Force Directed Energy mission capabilities through the addition of a Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) sensing capability. High-Power Microwave and Radio-Frequency Directed Energy Weapon technologies have been shown to effectively engage electronic systems resulting in the debilitation or disruption of critical electronic system functionality. However, commanders have requested an improved capability to remotely and effectively determine the success of a directed energy weapon strike. Much like satellite photography is used to analyze conventional munitions effectiveness, a system is needed with the capability to analyze the effects of directed energy weapons on electronic infrastructure.


This effort builds on and leverages Nokomis’ Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) funded SBIR Phase II effort, entitled “Remote-Controlled IED Detection, Identification and Classification Algorithms (RADICAL),” The Nokomis system has the ability to detect, identify and assess devices from both ground and airborne platforms in military operations and is therefore well positioned to provide the Air Force with a sensing capability to supplement directed energy missions. This CPP contract provides follow-on funding to the original Phase II award in order to support the Counter Electronics High Powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) and transition Nokomis detection technology for use in directed energy weapon missions.


"Directed Energy Weapons are no longer confined to the realms of science fiction. The need for improved Directed Energy Battle Damage Assessment is well substantiated," said Walter J. Keller, CEO of Nokomis, "Our team is extremely excited that the Air Force has selected the Hiawatha family of sensors and the Nokomis team to meet this important need."


Nokomis is a HUBZone certified small business with offices in Charleroi, PA; Toledo, OH; Baltimore, MD; Mather, PA and Tacoma, WA. The company provides the highest quality products, engineering expertise, customer service, and robust technical solutions. Nokomis develops, manufactures and supports preeminent electromagnetic products for the defense industry.


Nokomis is a small business with headquarters in Charleroi, PA. Additional offices are located in McDonald, PA; Mather, PA; and Toledo, OH. This effort will be chiefly conducted in the McDonald facility with support from Nokomis’ sensor and embedded system teams in Charleroi, PA and Toledo, OH. Nokomis develops, manufactures, and supports preeminent electromagnetic products for the defense industry.