Mission: Develop capabilities to safely approach, breach, or enter areas that have explosive threats intended to restrict the access of military personnel. Design and develop advanced technologies to access transportation systems; containers, vehicles, and walls; and equipment for relocating ordnance to a safe area.
Access represented five percent of EOD/LIC FY08 program funding.
Funding targets projects that characterize Access mission goals.
Access Focus Area Product Catalog
Products developed in the Access focus area characterize the ability to safely approach, breach, or enter areas where explosive threats are present and specifically intended to obstruct and prohibit entry by military personnel.
11m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat Launch and Recovery from LPD/LSD Stern Gate
Navy Special Clearance Team-1 must safely and quickly launch and recover unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), mammal equipment, and animals from Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and Landing Ship Dock (LSD) ships. The current configuration requires 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to be launched over the ship’s side because of incompatibility with the standard 11-meter trailer with stern gate layout. SPAWAR-San Diego is designing the safest and most efficient method for loading and off-loading UUVs and mammals from 11m RHIBs and for launching and recovering loaded 11m RHIBs from LSD and LPD ships. The system will be entirely mechanical and specific to the 11m RHIB. The design will have a small footprint and will minimize additional weight to reduce the impact on transportation and storage requirements during deployment.
Bladderless Lift Balloon
Navy EOD personnel require remotely operated systems for raising submerged unexploded ordnance from the seabed. The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Indian Head division is modifying, testing, and evaluating Subsalve USA’s Mark V Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal System and will integrate it with the EOD/LIC Acoustic Firing System to allow remote operation. The underwater lift system will be able to facilitate the recovery of submerged ordnance at depths of up to 300 feet and for objects that weigh up to 2500 pounds.
Segway Human Transporter
The Segway Human Transporter was evaluated as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) insertion/extraction system. The Segway minimizes exposure time for an EOD technician in a bomb suit when traversing to and from an incident site. U.S. Navy EOD personnel are currently using the system in Iraq and additional units are being considered for other services. The transporter is manufactured by Segway, LLC and is available on the GSA schedule.