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Army asks industry for ideas on developing stealthy radio antennas for military SUVs

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 20 Nov. 2012. U.S. Army communications researchers are approaching industry for ideas on developing a stealthy ultra-wideband antenna system for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) )that to outward appearances is completely indistinguishable from the rest of the vehicles on the road.

The Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., issued a sources-sought notice (BAA-08-R-P415_) for the Antenna Research, Reduction, and Compatibility (ARRC) program, which seeks ideas on stealthy radio antennas for SUVs.

CERDEC researchers are asking industry for white papers on a concealed vehicle antenna compatible with Army radios using native vehicle structures and accessories for radiating antenna elements.

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CERDEC officials will ask successful bidders to design of several antenna elements to maintain compatibility with the existing radio systems installed on an SUV.

Stealthy SUV antennas, CERDEC officials say, must not be easily identifiable; should require minimum or no modifications to the SUV; must be compatible with a fielded Army radio; must not subject vehicle occupants to dangerous levels of electromagnetic radiation; and should resist shock, vibration, and other harsh operating conditions per MIL-STD-810G.

Companies interested should e-mail white papers no later than 29 Nov. 2012 to CERDEC's Henry Tsai at henry.tsai.civ@mail.mil. For questions or concerns contact Tsai by e-mail or by phone at 443-395-7449.

Also contact Contracting Officer David Greaves by e-mail at david.greaves@us.army.mil, or by phone at 443-861-4648. Also contact Patricia Edwards by e-mail at darlene.edwards@us.army.mil, or by phone at 443-395-5479.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/3cd265eadf7bafc35216a170a13907de.


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