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Air Force Announces $99M Sensor Tech Research Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to solicit research proposals for the potential $99 million Multi-Spectral Sensing Technologies Research and Development program.

A notice posted Tuesday on the beta SAM website says AFRL’s multispectral sensing and detection division (RYM) plans to award at least two cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts under the MUSTER program and each contract could be worth between $100,000 and $10 million.

AFRL’s RYM division performs advanced technology development, applied and basic research, test and evaluation activities to help the U.S. Air Force meet its aerospace radiofrequency and electro-optical sensor requirements for air, space and command and control sensor systems.

A broad agency announcement is expected to be released in April. AFRL listed 15 research topics under the MUSTER program and these are:

  • antenna technologies and electromagnetic scattering
  • RF sensor systems technology
  • waveform phenomenology, design and applications
  • ultra-sensitive receivers for signals intelligence
  • electro-optic and infrared sensor technology
  • novel EO/IR hardware and algorithms
  • hyperspectral imaging technology
  • standoff high resolution imaging
  • infrared search and track technology
  • passive EO/IR space-based sensing
  • laser radar imaging, systems, components and applications
  • sensor information processing and integration
  • fully adaptive radar
  • radar communications co-existence for enabling 5G technologies and beyond
  • advanced digital multifunction arrays
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