Navmar to develop persistent-surveillance UAV and sensor payload for potential use in Afghanistan
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, 31 July 2011. A defense technology company in Warminster, Pa., called Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. received $148.8 million in U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) contracts over the past week for advanced research in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and persistent-surveillance UAV sensor payloads for military use in Afghanistan and other areas. Awarding both contracts were officials of the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Navy research project 92-170 refers to a laser detection and ranging (LADAR) identification demonstration, while Navy research project N94-178 refers to an air deployable expendable multi-parameter environmental probe. Air Force research project AF083-006 refers to low-cost intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAV. On both contracts, Navmar will do the work in Afghanistan; Yuma, Ariz.; Patuxent River, Md.; Warminster, Pa.; and Johnstown, Pa.; and should be finished by July 2013.
Although it is not entirely clear from the contract announcements, it would appear that Navmar is developing a new persistent-surveillance and reconnaissance UAV with a LADAR payload.
LADAR sensors are notable for their ability essentially to see through camouflage, trees, and urban clutter by producing many different 2-D images from many different angles and collating these 2-D images into one 3-D picture. LADAR produces images of objects through holes and gaps in camouflage, trees, and urban clutter and then can put those images together in a composite picture to reveal what would be hidden in just one 2-D image.