Advanced Wireless Fuze Setter Technology for Medium and Large Caliber Rapid Fire Auto Loaders

Period of Performance: 09/22/2015 - 03/20/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

3500 Shannon Park Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Syntronics, LLC proposes the development of a simple and secure non-contact fuze setter that uses bi-directional optical data transmission coupled with either Near Field Magnetic Inductance (NFMI) or optical transfer to provide external power to the fuze - both approaches will be investigated. Bi-directional transfer of data in RS-232 format without randomization or other special processing on either end of the data link being required greatly reduces processing electronics required internal to the fuze. The fuze setter data input would be directly compatible with a USB 2.0 interface, making any computer, such as the Army Rugged Handheld Computer, the fuze setter. Depending on the amount of power required by the fuze being set, the power link could also be USB 2.0 compatible. This approach allows the fuze setter to be made extremely small, with the power transfer, solid state optical components, and all of the data link electronics easily contained in less than 1 cubic inch. Since only a connection to any computing platform with a USB 2.0 port would be required, the need for the costly development of fuze setting hardware specific to a fuze or smart weapon is eliminated.