Anti-Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Technologies

Period of Performance: 09/21/2004 - 03/22/2005


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

HEM Technologies
2306 FM 1585
Lubbock, TX 79423
Principal Investigator


The availability and use of the Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) systems for hit and run ambushes has placed US and allied forces in a vulnerable position while trying to conduct peacekeeping operations. For combat units, the necessity to minimize collateral damage, prevent harm to noncombatants, and still defeat the threat does not allow for normal combat drills. Additional problems occur for service and support units, which are extremely vulnerable to attack due to the lack of armor protection and firepower. Finally, static positions and bases are also vulnerable to RPG attacks, either in the direct fire or indirect fire mode. HEM Technologies and Texas Tech University intend to exploit possible RPG vulnerability to electromagnetic radiation in order to destroy/neutralize the RPG. We propose to use a burst of directed electromagnetic pulses to establish an electromagnetic barrier to destroy/neutralize the warhead while in flight. It also has potential excellent carryover use against other threats such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) and could provide standoff protection for Explosive Ordinance units or for clearing a room or building of booby traps. Commercialization of the device is possible in any demolition or mining activity as an alternate means of detonation.