BAE Systems wins $18 million DARPA contract to lead imaging system program

WASHINGTON, 26 Nov. 2007. BAE Systems has received an $18.5 million, 30-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and capabilities.

WASHINGTON, 26 Nov. 2007.BAE Systems has received an $18.5 million, 30-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and capabilities.

BAE Systems will lead DARPA's Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program. The company will develop, integrate, and demonstrate advanced ISR systems and capabilities for wide-area persistent monitoring. The systems are targeted for use in Department of Defense unmanned and manned surveillance platforms.

"Shortfalls in persistent surveillance continue to challenge U.S. forces across many theaters of operation," says Dr. John Antoniades, director of remote sensing technologies for BAE Systems' Advanced Technologies group. "The ARGUS program will provide a sorely needed, persistent, and robust surveillance capability for many existing ISR airborne platforms."

The program's goal is to develop a compact system combining a multi-igapixel, high-resolution sensor; wide-field optics; an ultra-high-bandwidth, real-time airborne processing system; and a ground station for interactive multitarget designation, tracking, and exploitation. The airborne processing system can simultaneously and continuously detect and track the presence and motion of thousands of small or large targets over an area covering tens of square miles.

"This next generation of real-time surveillance systems will increase wide-area, high-resolution collection capabilities by one to two orders of magnitude over current airborne assets," says Dr. Steven Wein, director of optical sensor systems for BAE Systems.

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