Cooperative Geo-Location System for Emplaced Munitions

Period of Performance: 09/21/2015 - 03/19/2016


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nokomis, Inc.
310 5th St. Array
Charleroi, PA 15022
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Intentionally emplaced munitions, such as landmines, are a persistent and deadly threat that exists long after a conflict has ended. After a conflict is over, however, these emplaced munitions are often left behind, and their location forgotten, posing a deadly risk to innocent people who accidently detonate them. Nokomis? will employ its core competency of detecting low-level emissions from electronics to develop a solution for remote identification and precise geolocation of emplaced munitions. For this effort, Nokomis demonstrate the feasibility of detecting an artificially placed RF transmitter embedded on the munition at operationally relevant ranges. The company will transition its existing unintended emissions detection capability to provide a solution that detects intended emissions signatures from an RF transmitter embedded on the munition. For this effort, Nokomis will (1) Optimize current Hiawatha sensor?s detection and geo-location accuracies; (2) identify most suitable RF transmitter by assessing the emission power and frequency to cooperate with the improved Hiawatha sensor systems and (3) Demonstrate ability to utilize the transmitter as an electronic ?beacon? for detection and geolocation.