Surveillance system moves ahead

Aug. 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

SPARKS, Nev., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Initial operating capability will soon be achieved by a new wide-area persistent surveillance system for commercial use.

Sierra Nevada Corp. and ITT Exelis said their Vigilant Stare, a manned aircraft-based Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance concept demonstrator is nearing completion and testing and operational capability is expected before September.

The system will be used aboard a Twin Otter aircraft and provide wide-area persistent surveillance "on an affordable, fee-for-service basis." It can also be used aboard other types of civilian aircraft.

"The Vigilant Stare system offers unprecedented WAPS capability to a previously unserviced market, in an affordable and flexible package," said Dave Bullock, vice president for SNC's ISR Persistent Surveillance Systems.

"The civil and commercial applications of this operations-proven technology are many and varied. We're excited about the successful completion of our concept demonstrator flight test phase and look forward to a busy demonstration and exercise schedule this fall."

The companies said Vigilant Stare's features an integrated EO/IR sensor that collects synoptic, day/night motion imagery of city-sized fields with multiple sub-views of the full field of view. Best-resolution, tactical chip-outs are provided in real time to command centers and dispersed users.

Among the system's uses in the commercial sector would be border surveillance, security at special or sporting events, port and law enforcement surveillance and search-and-rescue efforts.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
B-52 bombers demo long reach of U.S. air power
Army orders tactical trucks from Oshkosh
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao offers to improve communication in wake of firing scandal
Raytheon wins IDIQ contract for Army sensor systems
Oil markets hammered by Greece, Iran and China