Advanced Threat Warner Laser Warning Receiver

Period of Performance: 07/22/2014 - 10/18/2016


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Epitaxial Technologies, LLC
1450 South Roling Road
Baltimore, MD 21227
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


ABSTRACT: The goal of this Air Force Commercialization Readiness (CRP) effort is to transition the ultrasensitive laser-warning receiver (USLWR), developed during a previous SBIR project, and further matured in a RIF program, to Northrop Grumman s Advanced Threat Warner (ATW). The objective is to enhance the laser warning capability existing in the ATW for CV-22 and larger aircraft application. The plan for the CRP effort will include adapting the concept, design, components and algorithms of the USLWR to the form factor of Northrop s ATW, to produce the Advanced Threat Warner Laser Warning Receiver (ATWLWR). The results of this effort will set the stage for commercialization in Phase III, whose objectives will be to transition the technology to USAF and its prime contractors. Further in Phase III, we will baseline the LWR production process, demonstrate high detection probability, set up a production infrastructure and deliver packaged, end-to-end tested ATWLWRs for USAF system insertion. BENEFIT: The proposed project would result in the Air Force transition and commercialization of laser threat sensors that will be integrated into CV22 and large aircrafts as well as into a wide variety of Air Force platforms. However, it will also be applicable in a wide variety of the DoD platforms including naval and ground vehicles. Commercial applications include identification, protection, and mitigation against the use of commercial-grade lasers on pilots, as well as broadband sensors for commercial surveillance applications.