Marine Corps Seeks Wireless Non-Lethal HEMI Bullet via SBIR Solicitation

40mm Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Projectile. Non-tethered munition that delivers an electro-muscular effect to disable individuals. Effective equivalents for smaller caliber gun systems are not currently available. (source: JNLWP)

40mm Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Projectile. Non-tethered munition that delivers an electro-muscular effect to disable individuals. Effective equivalents for smaller caliber gun systems are not currently available. (source: JNLWP)

September 24, 2018 | Source: SBIR/STTR, sbir.gov, 24 Aug 2018, U.S. Navy

The Marine Corps is seeking innovative technologies to design a low-cost (< $1,000 per round) HEMI munition that can be employed via a conventional DoD small Arms weapon with the system, subsystem, and component performance specifications and system attributes to include a round with a range of at least 100 meters, and that can incapacitate a target for a minimum of thirty seconds.

The first phase of the project is to devise a conceptual design that meets specific specification, followed by a prototype. The goal is a non-lethal weapon effective to support the joint services, civilian law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, the Secret Service, and Customs and Border Protection.


SBIR Topic #: N183-140

Title: Small Arms Long-Range Human Electro-Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) Munition

Technology Areas: Weapons

Acquisition Program: Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate

OBJECTIVE: Develop a small caliber, non-lethal, untethered (wireless) human electro-muscular incapacitation (HEMI) munition that can be employed via a conventional DoD small arms weapon.

DESCRIPTION: The long-range, long-duration, untethered HEMI munition has been a long-sought and currently unmet need. Currently, all the Services field a version of the Taser International X-26 “Taser”. This device is configured in a pistol-like form-factor, the cartridge is wire tethered (which limits the range and accuracy to a single human target at < 20-25 feet) and limits the non-lethal electro-muscular disruption (EMD) “disable” effect (i.e., full body tetanization of the muscles) and the duration of non-lethal “disable” effect to 5 seconds.

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