External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Program Area: Munitions Response
Objective of Proposed Work:
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop technologies to detect, localize, classify, and remediate military munitions found at underwater sites. Special attention to the varying sites and those circumstances facing the site manager is a critical component. Capabilities are needed for a wide variety of aquatic environments such as ponds, lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastal and open ocean areas. Munitions of interest range from small projectiles and mortars to large bombs, although proposals need not address the entire range of potential munitions with a single solution. Water depths up to 35 meters are of interest although there is a specific need for systems that can operate in depths less than 5 meters.
Proposals addressing any aspect of munitions response for underwater sites will be considered, with particular interest in the topics listed below. Listed beneath each topic are the specific needs for that area of interest.
- Wide Area and Detailed Survey Technologies
- Machine Learning
- Munition Burial and Mobility
- Biofouling and Corrosion of Munitions
- Optical Sensors
- Harbor Dynamics and Activity Impact on Munitions
- Platforms and Sensors
- Cost-Effective Recovery and Disposal