BAE Systems To Provide Surveillance Sensors To U.S Army
Farnborough, UK –BAE Systems has received a $14.5 million U.S. Army contract to develop surveillance sensors.
The system, to be developed under the Army’s Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor (AWAPSS) program, will use dual-band visible and infrared imaging technology to collect high-resolution imagery from large areas of interest. It will enable military aircraft to conduct 24-hour surveillance.
“This system will provide our military forces with a vital tool to protect those who protect us,” said Bob Gaylord, identification and surveillance program director for BAE Systems in Greenlawn, New York.
The AWAPSS system will be initially deployed on manned aircraft. It consists of three segments: a sensor (including gimbals and external electronics), an image and data storage unit, and an operator’s station.
BAE Systems will work with the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate in support of Program Manager Arial Common Sensors to begin field tests in mid-2009 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
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