Army Wants Industry And Academia Input On Future HOBS Technology

Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) wants to hear from industry and academia on the technical feasibility of utilizing commercial laser rangefinder components in a missile sensor role.

The device specifications come from a set of notional system requirements, and can be viewed as performance goals, the notice in the Sept. 25 FBODaily said. An effort is underway to determine the feasibility of using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf laser rangefinder devices/components to construct a Height of Burst Sensor (HOBS) in kit or applique form for the existing Army missile inventory. The sensor would be used to detonate the missile's warhead at a distance still to be determined above the ground during the terminal phase of a steep-dive maneuver.

The Request for Information is part of a technology survey that is an integral part of Army planning efforts for possible future programs.

Informal or white paper responses containing a description of appropriate technologies and how these technologies can be applied to this project are encouraged.

Responses are due Oct. 31 to U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, AMSAM-AC-RD-RB, Building 5400, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., 35898 Attn: Lisa Duncan or via e-mail to All information must be submitted in writing.

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