Strike Group Active Sonar Exploitation Phase II SBIR Award – March 2016

Strike Group Active Sonar Exploitation Phase II SBIR Award

March 2016

Centreville, VA

Adaptive Methods, Inc. of Centreville, VA was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract under topic N111-041 Strike Group Active Sonar Exploitation.  Under this initiative, Adaptive Methods leverages off-board sources using bistatic (or equivalently multistatic) sonar to improve AN/SQQ-89 strike group ASW capabilities in a number of tactically relevant scenarios, some of which are discussed in the Phase I report. A system using both bistatic and monostatic sonar has several advantages in that it decreases time to detect, improves detection, increases detection ranges, increases holding times, and improves tracking performance. It also reduces environmental impact because multiple ships detect from one ship’s transmissions, thus reducing the required number of active transmissions for a particular ASW mission. This SBIR primarily leverages known active transmissions for enhanced ASW operations. Requirements and a concept of operation for bistatic processing are proposed for development. Example high-payoff bi-static detection scenarios are discussed and proposed for further development and performance evaluation.

Adaptive Methods, Inc. ( is a developer of advanced sensor systems, sensor processing, and computing architecture products for surveillance, security and military combat systems. Adaptive Methods is based in Centreville, Virginia, with satellite offices in five states.  For additional information, contact