Systems Engineering Associates Corporation (SEA CORP) of Middletown has been selected for a Phase II contract supporting the Navy under the Federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. This Phase II effort will give SEA CORP the opportunity to continue research and development initiatives to develop a fully-functioning prototype of the Next Generation (NG) Electronic Warfare (EW) Human Machine Interface (HMI).
The SBIR program is a three-phase program that offers incentives to businesses of less than 500 employees to allow them to capitalize on their innovative research. The purpose of Phase I is to determine the technical merit and feasibility of the proposed concept. During Phase I, SEA CORP presented solutions for enhancing the operator experience for NG EW displays and controls.
During Phase II, SEA CORP will further explore the scientific merit and commercialization potential of the project. This includes developing software for the HMI prototype, integrating it into the existing NG EW HMI framework, and performing demonstrations of the enhanced capabilities. If selected for Phase III, the prototype will become a viable product to be purchased in military and/or private sector markets.
Senior Vice President David Cadorette commented, "This award enables us to showcase our innovative technologies while supporting the Navy in developing Next Generation EW. We look forward to helping the Navy achieve continued success through further development of these types of cutting edge technologies.”
SEA CORP, a locally-owned Rhode Island business, was founded in Newport in 1981. The company provides a wide variety of systems and engineering services primarily to Government customers. SEA CORP is headquartered in Middletown’s Aquidneck Corporate Park. They employ about 400 professionals including engineers, scientists, technicians and management support personnel.