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Tony Mulligan started his small company in 2002. Thanks to investments from the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Advanced Ceramic Research (ACR) developed unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), such as the Silver Fox, that were eventually deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One of Mulligan’s SBIR successes was the Coyote UAV, which could be launched from the ground or dropped from aircraft out of sonobuoy tubes. Some of the aircraft systems and technologies developed at ACR are still flying with the Air Force and NOAA.

This story was featured in ON&T's March 2021 issue. Click here to read the full article.

By Capt. Edward Lundquist, U.S. Navy (Ret.)