Technology Reserve seeks know-how deposits and Technology Packages in the field of external whip or monopole antenna design.
The modern military depends on radio to maintain communications between units. The market for tactical communications radios is increas- ing 7.2 % every year, and is estimated to reach $4.5 billion by 2022, with hand-held units representing 94% of shipments. 1 The antenna itself usually accounts for 5% to 15% of radio cost, and the market opportunity for this component alone will approach $500 million by 2022. Beyond communications, emerging applications for radios include jamming and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonation. There is an exceptional market penetration opportunity for improved antennae that increase signal gain, or which otherwise improve radio connectivity while reducing size, weight, and power (battery) requirements.
Technology Reserve is seeking innovations in antenna design providing a higher gain to size ratio. External whip or monopole antennae (simple, straight antenna) are used in nearly all mission-critical radio equipment as they have the highest possible gain in the horizontal plane, yet their length makes them cumbersome to transport and deploy in the field. An improved antenna could integrate capacitive and inductive elements to allow a shorter antenna to function more effectively as a quarter-wave antenna. A premium is placed upon multiband or broadband designs that provide the same benefits for multiple frequencies such as VHF, UHF, and SHF. Any improvements must be robust for deployment in the field and proven for manufacture.
An expert partner for this opportunity possesses know-how for an improved antenna design, and will make this know-how and/or patents available by license to a SME interested in incorporating improvements into next-generation tactical radios.
1 Asif Anwar, “Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems,” Ground Communications Systems and Components Forecast 2012-2022, July 2013
- Proven ability to develop an antenna design showing superior gain and greater radio connectivity, reduced power requirements, or decreased size.
- Prototype testing producing data supporting design improvements.
An ideal expert partner will:
- Deposit antenna design for license to the SME for use in tactical radios.
- Deposit the know-how and develop a work-for-hire schedule to support the SME from design through to manufacturing.
- Participate in the solving, packaging, assembly, or management of this project.