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Agent Defeat Soft Target Ordnance Package (ADSTOP)

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Ordnance Division (AFRL/MNMI) did not receive an acceptable proposal for development of an Agent Defeat Warhead (ADW) Demonstration (ADWD). The closing date for proposals was 29 April 1999. The acquisition strategy for this program was subsequently reevaluated.

In October 2000 Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL -- Eglin Research Site awarded a contract to Titan Systems Corporation, Titan Research & Technology Division, the only known qualified source to perform the effort. Titan will provide pre- and post-test modeling and simulation using a proprietary version of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code MAZe for the unique Warhead Performance Measurement for Bio-Agent Defeat (WPM BAD) test series. In the early planning/design stages of the WPM BAD test series, under a previous contract, Titan used their proprietary version of MAZe to help design the sub-scale target. Some of this initial work included determining pressure and temperature profiles of the simulated target and determining the amount of agent vented from the target. This effort involved performing similar tasks at a higher level of accuracy.

In early 2000 the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Ordnance Division (AFRL/MNMI) Eglin Research Site requested technical and cost proposals for development and demonstration of an Agent Defeat Soft Target Ordnance Package (ADSTOP). The ADSTOP program objective was to develop and flight demonstrate a payload specifically tailored for use against fixed soft targets associated with the development, production, and storage of chemical (C) agents, biological (B) agents, and CB weapons (CBW). The point of departure for the design, development and demonstration effort will be an ADSTOP warhead payload concept provided by the government. The contractor will develop a detailed ADSTOP payload design and evaluate existing tactical munitions dispensers (TMD) to determine which was the best candidate for delivery of the ADSTOP payload when used in conjunction with a Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) guidance kit. If the contractor determines that modification of the candidate TMD design was necessary in order to efficiently package and effectively dispense the ADSTOP warhead payload, then the contractor will also develop a design for the modifying the relevant TMD.

This 24-month program consisted of Phase I -- Warhead Design; plus one optional phase, Phase II -- Fabrication and Flight Test. During Phase I the contractor will perform component and system level preliminary engineering design trades and effectiveness analyses to identify a cost-effective ADSTOP warhead design that provides the best overall level of effectiveness against the ADSTOP target set. He will then develop detailed designs for the payload and, if necessary, the modified TMD. The contractor will also conduct ground tests of the all-up ADSTOP warhead and it components.

Upon sponsor approval of the contractor's detailed design, and subsequent to receipt of the Government Procuring Contracting Officer's authorization, the contractor proceeded with Phase II. During Phase II, the contractor would fabricate and deliver full-scale warheads for use during Government conducted/contractor supported flight/effectiveness testing. WCMD guidance kits and empty TMD's will be provided as government furnished equipment. The ADSTOP contractor was required to establish an Associate Contractor Agreement (ACA) with the WCMD prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Co. to ensure that the WCMD guidance kit and the ADSTOP warhead were physically and functionally compatible.




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