Helicon Chemical Company selected for Air Force TACFI contract to provide performance enhancements to solid rocket motors. 

Orlando, FL Helicon Chemical Company announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) contract in the amount of $1.9 million focused on enhanced-performance solid rocket propellants to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on March 1st, 2024, Helicon Chemical Company will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America. 

Helicon is proud to support the DAF with this TACFI contract as a  pivotal catalyst, enabling us to rapidly scale and demonstrate our technology for improving the range and lethality of DAF weapons systems. ” 

– David Sammons, Helicon Chief Financial Officer

“The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

About Helicon Chemical Company

Helicon Chemical Company is commercializing advanced materials to enhance the performance of fuels, propellants, and explosives. With a focus on developing and scaling new chemical methods for materials production, Helicon’s technologies provide needed enhancements in energetic and reactive materials without sacrificing safety. Commercial markets for Helicon’s materials science technologies include electronics and next-generation photovoltaics.  Helicon was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.heliconchemical.com

About AFRL  

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit afresearchlab.com


As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 370 military, civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 6,028 new contracts worth more than $4 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: www.afwerx.com.   

Company Press Contact:
Mr. Jack Sarnicki

Chief Operations Officer, Helicon Chemical Company


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