Army asks Textron for antennas to access to unmanned aircraft imagery

U.S. Army surveillance experts needed directional antennas to help warfighters in the field access reconnaissance imagery and video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned surveillance aircraft.

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U.S. Army surveillance experts needed directional antennas to help warfighters in the field access reconnaissance imagery and video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and manned surveillance aircraft. They found their solution at Textron Systems Corp. in Hunt Valley, Md.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., announced a $8.4 million contract modification to Textron for 37 mobile directional antenna systems for Textron's One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). The OSRVT is a modular video and data system that enables warfighters to downlink live surveillance images and critical geospatial data remotely from joint operations tactical aircraft.

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OSRVT's common software can integrate with tracked and wheeled ground vehicles to enhance war- fighter situational awareness on the battlefield. The OSRVT's graphical user interface delivers battlespace information in live video or annotated map views, and enables users to save, export, and analyze data.

The OSRVT delivers real-time situational awareness with a modular hardware design that can be configured for manpack, mounted, stationary, airborne, and maritime applications. Upgrades to the OSRVT with bi-directional capabilities will enable users to control the electro- optical and infrared sensor payloads on a variety of UAVs.

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