Lightweight Nosecone Manufacturing Technology for Next Generation Interceptors

Period of Performance: 06/14/2013 - 06/16/2015


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

SAN Diego Composites, Inc.
9220 Activity Road Array
San Diego, CA 92126
Principal Investigator


Phase 4 of the Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) for BMD interceptors PAA will include the deployment in 2021 of a land based Aegis missile to provide early intercept capability. MDA has identified several technology needs for meeting the next generation requirements. One of the technology needs is a higher performing Nosecone. To address that need, San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) is proposing a program to use industry-available composite materials to develop a reduced weight and lower cost clamshell composite Nosecone. The goal is to achieve a Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Level (TRL/MRL) 6 by the end of a Phase II program and to transfer the technology to the Prime Contractors for evaluation during the Production Development phase of the SM3 Blk 2B program.