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The Navy and Marine Corps rely on fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and vertical and short take-off and landing (V/STOL) aircraft to perform a wide variety of missions, such as strike and close air support, air and fleet defense, logistics, expeditionary operations, antisubmarine and anti-mine warfare, and search and rescue. The unique requirements to operate from ships at night, in bad weather, and at high sea states lead to a number of science and technology challenges requiring unique aerodynamic and design attributes.

Research Concentration Areas

Shipboard aircraft are launched and recovered in very confined spaces, and require very agile aerodynamic control to counter wind gusts, ship motions and wakes. Fixed-wing vehicles also require high lift for reduced stall speeds. Overall, naval aircraft require unique design features to support safe operations in densely packed spaces. The Marine Corps depends on fast, agile air vehicles to execute its Ship-to-Objective Maneuver and distributed operations. Achieving all of these requirements while maintaining the ability for long-range force projection calls for advanced aerodynamics and air vehicle designs. This program is soliciting white papers and proposals to conduct basic and applied research addressing unique naval challenges.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Analytical, computational, and experimental research on flow control to develop novel effectors enabling improved air vehicle performance, maneuverability, and efficiency
  • Analytical and experimental approaches to understanding unsteady aerodynamic flow fields, to include rotorcraft wakes and fixed-wing vortical and separated flow fields
  • Computationally efficient analytical tools for coupled ship/aircraft aerodynamic interface modeling and simulation
  • Computational methods for aerodynamics of aircraft maneuvering in an unsteady atmosphere, including large control surface motions
  • Well-designed experiments providing data for canonical problems in support of verification and validation of computational methods
  • Efficient, linear, and nonlinear methodologies for modeling the coupled aero and structural dynamics of an air vehicle
  • Technologies enabling novel air vehicle concepts for ship-based persistent ISR platforms
  • Technologies enabling efficient, long-range, high-speed V/STOL concepts for sea-based operations
  • Innovative experimental methods for ship air wake measurement

How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please refer to our broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.

Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through; instructions are included in the BAA.


Gonzalez, David Dr.
Aerodynamics Program Officer
Code 351