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Verus Research Receives SBIR to Assist DoD’s JIFCO

April 28, 2022
Funded by an SBIR, Verus Research brings its research/test facilities to bear on the challenge of creating a nonlethal, long-distance weapon for stopping vehicles and vessels.

New Mexico scientists and researchers at Verus Research have been incentivized by a small business innovative research (SBIR) contract to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office (JIFCO) efforts for ongoing defensive strategies. The contract funds work on a broadband counter-electronics weapon (BCEW) for the purpose of stopping long-range vehicles and vessels using nonlethal means.

Dr. J. Mark DelGrande, chief technology officer at Verus Research, said, “We are honored to receive a new contract to support the JIFCO and continue our relationship with the Department of Defense. Our work will bring cutting-edge directed energy solutions to the Defense Department and we are thrilled to be a part of this special project.”

The contract seeks a long-range, nonlethal alternative to the large jammers and other electromagnetic (EM) weapon systems that rely on directing a high-power beam of EM energy at a target. The new weapon would stop an adversary’s vehicles and vessels without destroying them and not causing fatalities among the crew.

As with the current trends in DoD R&D, the contract seeks solutions that are significantly smaller in size, weight, and power (SWaP) as well as in power consumption, amount of heat generated, and cost compared to current approaches. It's hoped that Verus Research's work will benefit numerous branches of the armed forces, including the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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