Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Detection and Classification in Harbor Environments

Period of Performance: 11/02/2015 - 09/02/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Northern Defense Industries, Inc.
659 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


This first phase will be the beginning of a complete and comprehensive program that will improve UUV detection and classification through advanced processing methods, data fusion and sensor integration. This will enhance current and future harbor protection systems to counter the emerging underwater threat. Phase 1 will result in a system design that will be developed based on a thorough assessment of existing architectures, sensors, fusion techniques and integration methods and leverage the institutional experience of NDI and our teammates. The design will include fully documented assumptions and identify areas of highest technical risk. The Phase I Option includes provision for initial mitigation of the most significant of these risks. Although initially targeted at SSP?s current WQX program, the techniques identified and proposed by NDI in this SBIR will be applicable to all similar sensors and will provide additional utility that will increase overall system performance. The work identified under Phase I (and its subsequent option) will set out a development framework that allows for low-risk incremental capability delivery that gives rapid, tangible, enhancements to existing systems at the earliest opportunity.